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Treatment Options
It is our goal that you and your family gain a thorough understanding of the medical situation you face. We are committed to answering all of your questions, and we will work together to develop a treatment plan.

Specific treatment options depend on your overall health, medical history and the extent of disease present. Most important, however, is that you and your family be empowered to help in the decision making process. We will discuss the risks and benefits of any reasonable option available.




  • Surgery – Most gynecologic cancers are treated effectively by surgical removal of the tumor or the cancer cells. In many other cases, surgical procedures are essential in determining the extent or spread of a gynecologic cancer. This is critical to determine the need or lack thereof for additional treatment, such as radiation or chemotherapy.

-Minimally Invasive Surgery (laparoscopy) – Minimally invasive surgery involves performing surgical procedures through smaller incisions. Although the same tissues and organs are removed, minimally invasive techniques allow for significant advantages to the patient compared to more traditional approaches including less pain, less complications, shorter hospital stays, and a quicker recovery period.

-da Vinci® Surgical System – An increasing number of gynecologic procedures may utilize robotic assistance with the da Vinci® Surgical System. The system, which is fully operated by the surgeon, combines the advantages of laparoscopy, including small incisions, along with increased precision and control.

  • Chemotherapy – Gynecologic cancers may require treatment with medication. Chemotherapy is used to kill cancer cells that may have spread from the place where they initially developed. It is most often given intravenously, but in the case of ovarian cancer, it is increasingly administered in part directly into the abdomen (intraperitoneal). Most chemotherapy can be given on an outpatient basis although some regimens require hospitalization and are given over a period of several days. We work closely with medical oncologists to determine the need for chemotherapy.
  • Radiation Therapy – Gynecologic cancers may require treatment with radiation therapy. High-energy radiation can be extremely effective in killing cancer cells that are confined to small areas. We work closely with radiation oncology specialists to determine the need for radiation therapy. Three basic ways to deliver radiation therapy include:

-External Radiation (external beam therapy) – A treatment that sends high levels of radiation directly through the body in a very precise fashion to cancer cells. Radiation treatments are painless and usually last a few minutes.

-Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) – A powerful, advanced computer program plans an even more precise dose of radiation in three dimensions, based on individual tumor size, shape and location. Remarkably, this cervical cancer treatment method allows for higher radiation doses than traditional radiotherapy methods, while sparing more of the surrounding healthy tissue.

-Internal radiation (brachytherapy or implant radiation) – Small instruments that contain radioactive substances called radioisotopes are inserted into or nearby cancerous tumors. Internal radiation allows higher doses of radiation to be delivered directly to a tumor, sparing normal adjacent tissues and organs, such as bowel or bladder.

 

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