Early detection is key
We know reproductive cancer can put a strain on your health, as well as your emotional and mental well-being. At Maimonides, our team of oncologists uses various treatment approaches to help alleviate your pain. Reproductive or gynecologic cancer is any cancer that starts in a woman’s reproductive organs. Every gynecologic cancer is unique, with different risk factors, symptoms, and treatments. All women are at risk for gynecologic cancers, and your risk increases with age. Treatment is most effective when cancers are detected early, which is why we encourage regular screenings and doctor follow-ups.
The most common types of gynecologic cancers are:
- Gestational trophoblastic disease (tumors that derive from pregnancy-related tissue)
Gynecologic cancers often produce no outward signs, but common symptoms include:
- A sore in the genital area that doesn’t heal or chronic itching of the vulva
- Pain or pressure in the pelvis
- Persistent vaginal discharge
- Unusual bleeding, such as postmenopausal bleeding, bleeding after intercourse or bleeding between periods
Advanced approaches—compassionate care
Our gynecologic cancer team uses the most innovative techniques for screening, diagnosis, and treatment, including complex surgery for advanced and recurrent gynecologic malignancies, minimally invasive surgery, intraperitoneal chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
Treatment for gynecologic cancer can include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of all three—depending on the cancer type, its extent (stage), location, and your overall health.
Radiation therapy, sometimes called radiotherapy, is the careful use of radiation to safely and effectively treat cancer by controlling its growth and relieving pain. We use two of the most advanced technologies—3D conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT) and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)—to provide external beam radiation therapy, which involves a series of daily, painless outpatient treatments for 5 to 6 weeks.
We also offer brachytherapy (also called internal radiation therapy or intracavitary radiotherapy), which involves placing radioactive “seeds” in or next to the cancer. This is usually done simultaneously with or following external beam radiation therapy, and typically takes a few hours.
Leading-edge care from our expert team
The gynecologic cancer team at Maimonides Cancer Center includes gynecologists, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, nurse practitioners, and a dedicated support staff that works together to develop an individual care plan for each patient. For all your treatment options, we’re here for you every step of the way. We are dedicated to helping you on your path to recovery. Recover close to home, at Maimonides.