Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. Cancer is always named for the part of the body where it starts, even if it spreads to other body parts later. There are five main types of cancer that affect a woman’s reproductive organs: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. As a group, they are referred to as gynecologic cancer. These gynecologic conditions are also referred to as malignant. More than 80,000 U.S. women are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer each year, according to the latest statistics.
The good news is that for most women, early detection can significantly improve the chances of treating and even curing the illness.
Our surgeons offer minimally invasive and robotic surgery for treatment of the following conditions:
Cervical cancer is found in the cervix, the lower, narrow end of the uterus. The cervix connects the vagina (birth canal) to the upper part of the uterus. The uterus (or womb) is where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant.
When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long survival and good quality of life. Radical hysterectomy is an effective way to treat early stage cervical cancer. For early stage cervical cancer, they offer radical hysterectomy.
Ovarian cancer starts in the ovaries. Women have two ovaries that are located in the pelvis, one on each side of the uterus. The ovaries make female hormones and produce eggs. Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. But when ovarian cancer is found in its early stages, treatment is most effective. Our surgeons offer surgical management of ovarian cysts.
Uterine (endometrial) cancer starts in the uterus, the pear-shaped organ in a woman’s pelvis (the area below your stomach and in between your hip bones). The uterus, also called the womb, is where the baby grows when a woman is pregnant. The most common type of uterine cancer is also called endometrial cancer because it forms in the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium.
When uterine cancer is found early, treatment is most effective. Our surgeons perform hysterectomy.