Gynecologic oncology for vaginal cancer
As a gynecologic cancer patient exploring treatment options at 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 supportive care services may be incorporated into your treatment plan.
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 vaginal cancer treatment, you’ll meet with our gynecologic cancer team approximately every three to four weeks in our Patient Empowered Care® clinic. 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 vaginal 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 vaginal cancer treatment, through our Survivorship Support program.
If you want to preserve your fertility during vaginal cancer treatment, your gynecological oncologist can discuss with you a variety of fertility-sparing procedures and whether they might be right for you.