Gynecologic Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Mercy GYN cancer surgeons of The Gynecologic Oncology Center are renowned for their expertise in diagnosing and treating women with common and rare gynecologic cancers. The physician team works closely with medical oncologists and radiation oncologists to offer an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to treatment.
Gynecologic cancer is a cancer that develops in a woman’s reproductive organs. Gynecologic cancer can begin in different areas of a woman’s pelvis. There are five common types of gynecologic cancer: ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, uterine cancer, vaginal cancer, and vulvar cancer.
Who is at risk for Gynecologic Cancer?
All women are at risk for gynecologic cancer and the older women get the more their chances increase. Each gynecologic cancer has its own exclusive set of risk factors. One common risk factor in several gynecologic cancers is the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. HPV is a familiar sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers.
Just as gynecologic cancer is unique in its origin, the symptoms for gynecologic cancer are also unique. It is important to pay close attention to your body. Gynecologic cancer symptoms vary from woman to woman, making it hard to recognize because the symptoms may be caused by or related to other gynecologic medical disorders.
Because the signs and symptoms of gynecologic cancer are different, it is important to see your doctor when you have abnormal symptoms.
Treatment options for gynecologic cancer depend on the specific cancer and may include:
- Robotic Surgery
- Radiation therapy