Gynecologic cancers strikes a woman’s reproductive organs. This can include the cervix, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva. According to the American Cancer Society, over 106,000 women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancer each year.

At CAMC, our team approach to treatment involves multiple specialists working together to treat your cancer. With decades of experience, surgical skill and advanced technology, we are equipped to fight cancer with everything we’ve got.

If You Have Symptoms of Gynecologic Cancer

If your doctor suspects you may have a form of gynecologic cancer, certain tests will be performed. These can include imaging and blood tests, as well as biopsies for confirmation.

We have the most precise imaging tests available, including:

  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scan

If an imaging test shows there could be evidence of cancer, you’ll likely need a biopsy of the area. To conduct a biopsy, surgeons will remove a small sample of tissue for testing.

A laparoscopy is a procedure that can check a woman’s pelvic organs. A thin lighted tube with a video camera is inserted through a tiny incision. The video images are then broadcast on a computer screen so doctors can see inside. This minimally-invasive procedure takes less time and has faster recovery than open surgery. 

If cancer is confirmed, our multidisciplinary team immediately gets to work to determine your individual care plan. 

If You Have a Gynecologic Cancer Diagnosis

Treatment for gynecological cancer depends on several factors.  Among these are whether the cancer has spread and whether the patient is young enough to have children. We are committed to a patient-centered approach to care with a goal of preserving quality of life for every patient.

For more advanced disease, surgery is often the best option. Our skilled surgeons are experienced in performing both traditional and minimally-invasive procedures, including robotic, laparoscopic and single-incision laparoscopic surgery:

  • Removal of the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tube(s), vulva, vagina and cervix
  • Lymph node biopsy or excision
  • Preventative surgery for patients at increased risk of ovarian or uterine cancers
  • Pelvic exenteration for gynecologic malignancy

Doctors may also suggest radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy and biological targeted agents to prevent the cancer from spreading further. 

Types of Gynecologic Cancer We Treat

We specialize in the medical and surgical treatment of all types of gynecologic cancer, including:

  • Ovarian 
  • Cervical 
  • Uterine (endometrial) 
  • Vulvar 
  • Vaginal 
  • Gynecologic sarcomas

What Sets Us Apart

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Multidisciplinary Approach

At CAMC, every patient receives a coordinated treatment plan involving a wide array of experts in gynecologic cancer specialties. Our team includes gynecologic oncology surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurse practitioners, and oncology nurses. Our multidisciplinary approach ensures each patient has a treatment plan to meet their individual needs. We work together with the patient throughout treatment to ensure the best possible outcomes.

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Cutting-Edge Treatments and Technology

When you come to CAMC, you gain access to the latest techniques in gynecological cancer treatment. As part of our participation in national clinical trials, patients can benefit from the latest medical breakthroughs. In addition, we are leaders in minimally-invasive and robotic surgery. This means less recovery time and better outcomes for our patients. In fact, we are one of the only hospitals in the country performing a unique non-invasive hysterectomy (Transvaginal Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES).

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A Commitment to Women's Health Services

At CAMC, we are deeply committed to providing comprehensive women’s services. From pre-cancer screenings to the most advanced cancer treatments available, all the way through survivorship and beyond, we are here for you. We understand how personal these delicate issues are. We are dedicated to providing the most compassionate care. We make every effort to preserve fertility, maintain a positive quality of life and support you every step of the way.