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We provide complete, compassionate care for women diagnosed with gynecologic cancers.

It's important to us that no woman should feel like they're facing cancer alone. Whether you're concerned about gynecological symptoms or facing a cancer diagnosis, we will be right there beside you

 

What Are Gynecologic Cancers?

Gynecologic cancer is any cancer that starts in a woman's reproductive organs. These cancers happen when abnormal cells grow and spread. Screenings like your annual well woman visit are so important because gynecologic cancers sometimes go unnoticed in their early stages. These include:

  • Cervical cancer.

  • Endometrial cancer.

  • Ovarian cancer.

  • Uterine cancer.

  • Vaginal cancer.

  • Vulvar cancer.

Why Choose Luminis Health for Gynecologic Cancer Care?

Our compassionate care team helps you through all phases of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

We offer:

  • Knowledgeable, compassionate board-certified doctors. Our providers are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic diseases and work as a team to care for you.

  • Technology that's at the forefront of care. Our surgeons use minimally invasive techniques like the daVinci surgical system. The da Vinci surgical system is a minimally invasive surgery method where the surgeon controls a robotic arm.

  • A personalized treatment plan. Our reproductive specialists and cancer surgeons work together to create a treatment plan that's right for you.

  • Genetic counseling. Gynecologic cancers can be related to genes passed through your family. We can test for these genes if you have a strong family history of the disease.

  • Cancer support services to help your well-being. Cancer is a major life event. If you or a loved one has cancer, we're here to help you every step of the way. We offer many different services and resources designed to fit your needs and give you a better, more comfortable experience.

  • Research. We are dedicated to advancing medical knowledge and patient care. Our gynecological oncologists work with doctors across the country on research trials, allowing us to offer promising new treatments that aren't widely available.

  • Fertility-sparing treatment. For patients who wish to have children, we offer fertility-sparing treatment options.

Preventing Gynecologic Cancer

We believe in preventing cancer before it starts. Our cancer prevention program helps you:

  • Reduce risk factors for cancer.

  • Schedule screenings (like a Pap test) for early detection.

  • Receive genetic counseling if you or your family members are at high risk for certain cancers.

  • Find wellness programs to help you maintain a healthy weight, start an exercise program, quit smoking or eat a more nutritious diet.

 

Screenings and vaccines for cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer in women under 50. You can help avoid cervical cancer with regular screenings. Two screening tests can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early:

  • Pap test, which is an annual screening test that shows cell changes on the cervix.

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) test, which looks for HPV that causes cell changes.

The best way to prevent cervical cancer is to have the HPV vaccine as an adolescent. Centers for Diseases Control guidance recommends HPV vaccination for everyone up to age 26. Some older adults can benefit from vaccination, too. Talk to your provider about whether the HPV vaccine is right for you.

Gynecologic Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

A Pap test shows signs of cervical cancer. But there's no screening test for other gynecologic cancers. And symptoms often don't appear until the later stages of the disease. It's important to pay attention to any small changes in your body.

Make sure you tell your doctor if you're experiencing:

  • Stomach, back or pelvic pain.

  • Irregular vaginal bleeding or discharge.

  • Bleeding after menopause.

  • Change in bowel function.

  • Bloating, nausea or decreased appetite.

  • Itching of the genital area.

  • Fatigue.

  • Lumps in genital area.

  • Pain or bleeding during or after sex.

  • Unexplained weight loss.

Your doctor may use blood work, imaging or a biopsy to help diagnose gynecologic cancer. Imaging could include a CT scan, MRI or an ultrasound.

Gynecological cancer treatments

Your treatment depends on what kind of cancer you have and how far it has spread. Treatment may include:

  • Chemotherapy, which uses medicine to shrink or kill the cancer.

  • Radiation, which uses high energy rays to kill the cancer.

  • Surgery, which removes cancer tissue with an operation.

A specialized treatment we provide is:

  • High dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, which is a type of radiation therapy that uses highly localized doses of radiation delivered to the tumor quickly, limiting exposure to healthy tissue.