Some of the area’s most experienced cancer specialists work with Memorial Hospital to address women’s health concerns with skill, sensitivity and professionalism. Through our Gynecological Oncology Services, patients benefit from our multidisciplinary approach and our focus on treating the whole patient and her family, not just the cancer. We are committed to quality in screening, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Our goal is to reduce the time from diagnosis to treatment and lower anxiety levels for you. We specialize in treating many types of cancer, including ovarian, endometrial uterine, cervical, vaginal and vulvular. Once a diagnosis is made, specialists from many disciplines meet together to develop the optimum treatment plan for you, considering all the latest treatment options.
Treatment often includes a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. When hospitalization is required, comprehensive care is provided in a dedicated cancer unit by specially trained caregivers.
The da Vinci® robotic surgical system at Memorial provides superior 3-D visualization. Surgeons use robotic arms to perform gynecological surgeries through keyhole incisions. The proven benefits to gynecologic cancer patients include less pain, less blood loss, less risk of infection, faster recovery and fewer transfusions.
Brachytherapy is a new technology that allows radioactive material to be placed directly inside the body at the tumor site. The targeted placement allows a higher dose of radiation, killing more cancer cells while reducing damage to surrounding tissue.
Gynecologic cancers can result in special needs. Women rendered sterile by surgery or treatment may experience feelings of loss and sadness. Many patients report an impact on their intimate relationships. Support groups and counseling conducted through Memorial’s Centers for Cancer Support can help you cope and feel less alone.
Through treatment and beyond, our entire staff is dedicated to the needs of you and your family with resources for education and financial aid, nutritional consultation and holistic, mind-body-spirit services. Call (423) 495-7778 for more information on the Centers for Cancer Support.