Gynecologic cancer care
What is gynecologic cancer?
Gynecologic cancer is any cancer that begins in a woman’s reproductive system, including the:
- Fallopian tubes.
Prevention and early detection
All women are at risk of developing gynecologic cancer with the risk increasing with age. Every year, approximately 90,000 women are diagnosed with a form of gynecologic cancer. Early detection and prevention are key to a positive outcome. Visiting your doctor for routine gynecologic exams and screenings such as a Pap test and HPV test can lead to early diagnosis. The HPV vaccine is recommended for preteens (both boys and girls) aged 11 to 12 years old to prevent future HPV-associated cancers.
If someone in your family has been diagnosed with gynecologic cancer, you may have an increased risk of developing it too. Talk to your doctor about genetic counseling for guidance about how to protect your health.
Signs and symptoms of gynecological cancer
It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of gynecologic cancers. Many have vague or differing signs that may go undetected. Talk to your physician right away if you notice irregular bleeding between periods. Other possible symptoms may include:
- Back pain.
- Abnormal bleeding or discharge.
- Pelvic pressure/pain.
Contact your physician if these symptoms are new to you and last two weeks or longer.
Why choose Beacon?
The team at Beacon Health System provides the highest quality treatment options for gynecologic cancer care using state-of-the-art technologies. We offer innovative, comprehensive and compassionate care to every one of our patients. Our specially trained Gynecologic Oncologists are prepared to collaborate with you to develop a comprehensive care plan which may include surgery, chemotherapy and possibly radiation therapy. During your consultation, you’ll be able to discuss your questions and concerns and talk about your care plan with your oncology team. Your Beacon provider can also arrange for a second opinion through the Mayo Clinic at no charge.
We understand that cancer affects more than just your body. That is where the Beacon support team can help. Our team of social workers, dietitians and navigators are available to offer supportive care to you and your family every step of the way.