Gynecologic Cancer Treatments
(Also see Cancer / Treatments / Surgery)
Often the first step in treating gynecologic cancer, surgery is used as a diagnostic and/or therapeutic measure.
For early cervical cancer, patients are diagnosed and treated with cone biopsies. They may require a modified or radical hysterectomy, removing the uterus and possibly ovaries and fallopian tubes as well. Hysterectomy is performed as a minimally-invasive procedure when appropriate or as open surgery. Locally advanced cervical cancer is treated by radiation and chemotherapy; if appropriate, hysterectomy after those treatments may be offered.
In uterine cancer, surgical treatment includes hysterectomy and lymphadenectomy (to remove lymph nodes) as minimally-invasive or open procedures. Ovarian cancer surgery removes the tumor and may be used for staging, reducing tumor size and removing cancer in the abdominal cavity.
Surgery is also used to treat complications, remove recurrent disease or relieve bowel obstruction.
Institute physicians use the latest technology, including a robotic surgical system. This advanced method provides a laparoscopic technique that is less invasive and gives surgeons more precision than conventional surgery. Patients treated with robotic surgery may experience less pain and a shorter recovery period.
Our operating suites, outfitted with the most up-to-date equipment, promote patient safety and best outcomes. We focus on the human side of the surgical experience as well. In our patient-friendly operating rooms, nurses provide warm support within a calm and healing environment, known as the Sacred Space, that helps put patients at ease. Through soft music, scenic murals, dimmed lighting and our nurses’ gentle touch and dedicated attention, patients receive personal and comforting care.
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