Gynecologic oncology is the diagnosis and treatment of cancers in the female reproductive organs, including:
- Cervical cancer,
- Ovarian cancer,
- Uterine cancer,
- Vaginal cancer and
- Vulvar cancer.
The gynecologic oncologists at St. Bernards have expertise in treating these types of cancers, creating individualized treatment plans that align with patients' needs and wishes, including consideration of sexual function and fertility.
Gynecologic cancers are complex—and every woman's body is different. Your treatment will begin with a complete evaluation and diagnostic exams to pinpoint the type of cancer and its stage, enabling your gynecologic oncologist to discuss a treatment plan with you.
Treatment may include any combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, based on your health status and personal goals. Gynecologic cancer treatment methods are progressive, including minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery methods and radiation equipment that precisely targets tumors and spares healthy tissue.
Some gynecologic cancer treatments can interfere with your fertility and prevent or complicate pregnancy. Your gynecologic oncologists will discuss your desire to have children when designing your treatment plan.
A cancer diagnosis also brings a multitude of physical and emotional concerns for women. The experts at St. Bernards understand the personal and family dynamics accompanying cancer treatment. Your treatment plan will include integrative services like nutrition therapy, counseling, pain management, and physical therapy to help reduce side effects and support your quality of life.