Gynecologic oncology for cervical cancer
As a gynecologic cancer patient exploring treatment options at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), you’ll meet with a gynecologic oncologist on your first visit. Your gynecologic oncologist will discuss everything going on with your health and spend as much time as needed addressing your questions and concerns.
After reviewing your medical records and health history, and performing a pelvic exam, your gynecologic oncologist will order the appropriate diagnostic tests to determine the best course of treatment. These may include biopsies and imaging scans, as well as blood tests.
You will meet again with your gynecologic oncologist, generally within two to three days of your first visit, to discuss the test results. At that time, we will discuss the treatment options available to you, as well as the ways in which integrative oncology services can be incorporated into your treatment plan.
Our gynecologic oncology team really tries to think outside the box. We individualize treatment using evidence-based medicine, tailoring a program to each patient. Your treatment plan may include surgery, chemotherapy or therapy with a monoclonal antibody. It all depends on your unique case and preferences.
How often do I get treatment?
Once you’ve begun your cervical cancer treatment, you’ll meet with our gynecologic cancer team approximately every three to four weeks. Each time, you’ll undergo a comprehensive set of blood tests and a physical exam. You’ll also see every member of your treatment team, including your dietitian, naturopathic clinician and care manager.
Fertility concerns for younger women
For women with early cervical cancer, fertility-sparing surgery may be a treatment option. We consider fertility issues for younger women, and we provide support for all women who experience sexual side effects as a result of cervical cancer treatment, through our Survivorship Support program.
If you want to preserve your fertility during cervical cancer treatment, your gynecological oncologist can discuss with you a variety of fertility-sparing procedures and whether they might be right for you.
What is gynecologic oncology?
Gynecologic oncology focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the female reproductive organs, including the ovaries, endometrium, uterus, cervix, fallopian tube, peritoneal, vagina and vulva.
A gynecologic oncologist is a medical doctor who receives an additional four years of training after completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. During this training, he or she acquires highly specialized expertise to stage, diagnose and treat all types of gynecologic cancer.
In addition to performing specialized surgical procedures, a gynecologic oncologist is trained to provide chemotherapy and comprehensive oncology care to a woman throughout the course of cervical cancer treatment. We specialize in advanced surgical techniques that remove cancer, while sparing healthy tissue.
The Gynecologic Oncology Program at CTCA® at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) specializes in treating women with cancer of the reproductive organs, including uterine, ovarian, cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers.
Dr. Sybilann Williams, an experienced gynecologic oncologist, leads this exceptional program.