Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) recognizes that reproductive cancer is complicated. CTCA® designed the Gynecologic Oncology Department to help women navigate the many implications that vaginal, cervical, uterine, vulvar or ovarian cancer may have on their lives and their health.
Prior to recommending treatment options, the gynecologic oncologists at Midwestern conduct full patient studies, which may include a pelvic exam and ultrasound. Clinicians will review patients’ records, inquire about their medical history and order additional tests, if necessary. This information helps the gynecologic oncologist to determine the stage of the patient’s cancer and provide a diagnosis. Gynecologic oncologists may also recommend fertility preservation options, if applicable, and educate patients on potential side effects. All these factors are taken into consideration when developing a personalized treatment plan designed to meet the patient’s specific needs and treatment goals. And because the gynecologic oncologist also performs cancer treatments, they are especially qualified to answer questions.
In keeping with the CTCA whole-patient care model, the gynecologic oncologist routinely works with other clinicians on the patient’s care team. Together, these multidisciplinary clinicians strive to ensure patients at the Illinois hospital have access to supportive care services that may help manage or reduce emotional, sexual or physical side effects. In addition, patients interested in learning more about fertility-sparing options are referred to oncofertility preservation services at Midwestern. This program works with local fertility centers to offer a variety of fertility preservation services for women of childbearing age.