Gynecologic cancer treatments can vary depending on the type and degree of your cancer, and your gynecologic oncologist will remain your primary physician throughout your treatment, whether surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.
At Sentara, we believe that you are a key member of your care team. We want to make sure you have the information you need to help you stay as healthy as possible.
It’s good to know that you have choices for how to treat your gynecologic cancer. You won’t be alone in this fight. Every step of the way, you can rely on experienced people who know what comes next. Your team will offer resources, advice and ways to make your treatment simpler.
It takes more than medicine to help you heal, and we are committed to caring for you and your family through the process.
Treatment options may include:
During surgery, your gynecologic oncologist removes as much of the cancer as possible. The extent or possibility of surgery depends on the type of cancer, the stage and your overall health.
Your gynecologic oncologist collaborates with a radiation oncologist to use high doses of radiation — high-energy rays — to kill cancer cells and stop them from spreading. Radiation therapy does not hurt while it is being given, but it can cause side effects.
Chemotherapy prescribed by your gynecologic oncologist is designed to kill cancer cells and can be administered through a vein, injected into a body cavity, or delivered orally in the form of a pill. The method of delivery depends on which drug is used.
Whenever possible, Sentara Cancer Network physicians offer patients the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial. Clinical trials offer patients many benefits. In addition to contributing to medical research, clinical trial participants gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available.
Palliative therapy is care given to improve the quality of life for patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat symptoms of disease, side effects caused by treatment, and psychological, social and spiritual problems related to a disease or its treatment. The multidisciplinary treatment team that provides palliative care includes medical doctors, nurse practitioners and licensed clinical social workers.
In addition to ensuring our patients are seamlessly transitioned back to their primary care team for ongoing care, regular checkups, which may include physical exams, blood tests and CT scans, are provided after lung cancer treatment. Check-ups help ensure that any health changes are monitored and treated, if necessary. Patients stay in close communication with their doctors if they experience any problems between check-ups.