Gynecologic cancer

is any cancer beginning in a woman's reproductive organs.

Gynecologic Cancer

Gynecologic cancer is any cancer beginning in a woman's reproductive organs. The main types of gynecologic cancer are uterine, ovarian, cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.

Advanced gynecologic cancer care in western North Carolina

Our dedicated team provides comprehensive, compassionate care for women with gynecologic cancer. Our hospitals offer extensive treatment options – including robotic-assisted surgery, advanced chemotherapy and access to clinical trials – to provide effective outcomes for our patients.

Additionally, our cancer nurse navigators are with you every step of the way to help you understand your diagnosis and treatment options through continued education and support.

Gynecologic cancers can develop in many areas of the female reproductive tract. A diagnosis of a gynecologic cancer can be frightening and overwhelming for patients. That’s why our dedicated team of gynecologic oncologists offer comprehensive, leading-edge treatments for these types of cancer:

  • Cervical cancer
  • Ovarian and fallopian tube cancers
  • Uterine cancer
  • Vaginal cancer
  • Vulvar cancer

Review types, signs and symptoms of gynecologic cancers

You’re not alone. The Sarah Cannon help line, askSARAH, let’s you speak with a specially-trained nurse 24/7 who can answer your questions about a cancer diagnosis, treatment options or where to find care close to home. Call 844-482-4812.

A multidisciplinary care team of cancer specialists

Your care is led by a gynecologic oncologist and coordinated team of oncology physicians, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, nurses and therapists. Together they review each patient’s diagnosis and treatment options to create the optimal plan for your cancer.

Your nurse navigator will be with you each step of the way, answering your questions, helping coordinate appointments, offering support to you and your loved ones, and connecting you with survivorship resources to help you on your cancer journey.

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Comprehensive treatment for gynecologic cancers

We offer the area’s most advanced gynecologic cancer treatments in a supportive, compassionate environment.

Our teams of gynecologic oncology specialists work together, and with you, to create an individualized treatment plan to fit your unique needs. This may include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery
  • Clinical trials

Advanced chemotherapy options for cancer treatment

Depending on your cancer, chemotherapy may be used to stop or slow the growth of cancer cells. We offer some of the latest targeted and combination therapies with partner centers as part of your treatment plan.

Targeted radiation therapy treatment

Radiation therapy for patients with gynecological cancer is used primarily to treat areas to which the cancer has spread, rather than as a form of treatment for the primary tumor. It can be administered either as external radiation therapy (from outside the body) or internal radiation therapy (a radioactive substance is placed in or near the tumor).

Robotic surgery for gynecologic cancer treatment

Robotic-assisted surgical procedures are used for treatment of many gynecologic cancers. Our program features highly advanced surgical robots that specially trained surgeons use to perform complex surgeries with higher precision and increased accuracy. Benefits to the patient include less pain, lower risk of infection, fewer scars, and a faster recovery and quicker return to normal activities.

Research and clinical trials at Sarah Cannon

Sarah Cannon Research Institute is one of the nation’s most advanced cancer research centers. Across its research network, Sarah Cannon has conducted more than 500+ first-in-man clinical trials and has been a clinical trial leader in the majority of approved cancer therapies over the last 10 years. If you may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial, your physician and nurse navigator will work with you to help you make the decision and guide you through the process.

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Survivorship and resources

We provide patients with continued care for cancer—from diagnosis through survivorship. Your nurse navigator, in partnership with your physician, will provide you with a survivorship care plan which is a comprehensive summary of all aspects of your care including diagnosis and test results, contact information for all of your care team members, details of any procedures you’ve had, as well as any follow-up treatments that are planned. In addition, a large portion of the plan includes resources to help you keep yourself healthy and strong as you enter the survivorship phase of your journey.

Gynecologic cancer resources:

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