Gynecologic Cancer

What are gynecologic cancers?

Gynecologic cancers are the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells originating in female reproductive organs, including the cervix, ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva.

Who is at risk?

All women are at risk for developing gynecologic cancers. Every year approximately 82,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cancers of the reproductive organs.

Can gynecologic cancers be prevented?

Diet, exercise and lifestyle choices play significant roles in the prevention of cancer. Additionally, knowing your family history can increase your chance of early diagnosis and can help you take preventive action. Screenings and self-examinations conducted regularly can result in the detection of certain gynecologic cancers in their earliest stages, when treatment is more successful.

How are gynecologic cancers treated?

Gynecologic cancers are treated using one or more of the following options:

Who should treat gynecologic cancers?

A cancer specialist, such as a gynecologic oncologist, should treat gynecologic cancers. A gynecologic oncologist is a board-eligible or board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist who has an additional three to four years of specialized training in treating gynecologic cancers from an American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology-approved program.

St. Vincent Hospital and Prevea Health are pleased to provide a gynecologic oncologist, Jonathan Tammela, MD, to complete our comprehensive cancer care program.