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Gynecologic oncology

Our department

The Gynecologic Oncology Department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Philadelphia, specializes in treating women with cancer of the reproductive organs, including ovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal and vulvar cancers.

What is a gynecologic oncologist?

A gynecologic oncologist is a medical doctor who receives an additional three to four years of training after completing a four-year 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.

A gynecologic oncologist is trained to perform surgical procedures to remove as much cancer as possible, while working to spare healthy tissue. These procedures often involve nearby organs and may include colon resection, splenectomy and removal of tumors from the diaphragm.

In addition to learning these specialized surgical techniques, a gynecologic oncologist is trained to provide chemotherapy and comprehensive oncology care to a woman throughout the course of cancer treatment.

How is gynecologic cancer treatment different at CTCA?

As a gynecologic cancer patient exploring treatment options at CTCA®, you’ll meet with a gynecologic oncologist and other members of your care team on your first visit. Your team will oversee every aspect of your care—from surgery and chemotherapy to nutrition therapy.

After reviewing your medical records and health history, and performing a pelvic exam, your gynecologic oncologist will order diagnostic tests to determine an appropriate course of treatment. These may include 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. Your gynecologic oncologist will share the treatment options that are available to you, as well as the ways in which supportive care services may be incorporated into your cancer treatment plan.

The gynecologic oncology team at CTCA in Philadelphia

As Medical Director of Gynecologic Oncology and Medical Director of Robotic Surgery, Justin Chura, MD, leads the gynecologic oncology team at CTCA in Philadelphia. The gynecologic oncology team tailors treatment plans to the individual patient.

Dr. Chura is board certified in gynecologic oncology, as well as obstetrics and gynecology, hospice and palliative care. He was named as one of the “Top Doctors” for 2009, 2011 and 2012 in Main Line Today.

The Oncofertility Preservation Program

If you want to have children, it’s important to know that certain cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, may interfere with your fertility and prevent or complicate pregnancy.

For some patients with early-stage cervical, uterine or ovarian cancer, fertility preserving therapy may be an option. Each unique situation requires a detailed consultation with your doctor to see if fertility sparing treatment is an option for you.

The Oncofertility Preservation Program at CTCA Philadelphia is designed to identify challenges and preserve your fertility as early in the treatment process as possible.