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What is Gynecologic Oncology?

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What is Gynecologic Oncology?

A gynecologic oncologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and management of cancer within a woman’s reproductive and genital organs. These include the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, vulva and vagina. Women diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer should obtain a consultation with a gynecologic oncologist. Research has shown that care by a medical team that includes a gynecologic oncologist can lead to improved survival from these cancers and ensures that individual treatment is optimized. Gynecologic oncologists also work with patients suspected of having a strong hereditary risk for gynecologic cancers.

You and your family place an enormous amount of trust in our ability to care for you. We pride ourselves on providing compassionate and comprehensive care to our patients. That’s why, in addition to your gynecologic oncologist, your health care team may include physicians from medical and radiation oncology, pathology, radiology, and surgery. Our nursing and office staff, as well as social workers and other professionals at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s, will strive to make your care experience positive and successful.

We hold weekly meetings where patient cases are reviewed in order to determine the best treatment plan for each individual. These plans may be carried out at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s or communicated to physicians closer to your home, where it may be more practical or necessary to receive care. Our patients not only have access to the most current therapies available, but may also choose to join clinical trials and contribute to the future of medical care.



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