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Gynecologic Cancer Treatment

Here at Kettering Cancer Care, you have an experienced team at your side from the moment you receive your diagnosis of gynecological cancer. Whether you have ovarian, uterine, cervical, vaginal or vulvar cancer, our specialized team of gynecologic oncologists, medical and radiation oncologists, and support staff are your partners throughout this journey.

We take a holistic approach that considers you - the person - not just your cancer. Your treatment plan will be based on the current state of your health, the type and stage of your gynecological cancer, and your personal needs.

For some gynecological cancers, surgery is an important treatment option. Kettering Cancer Care's skilled gynecologic oncologists will discuss the type of surgery that is recommended for you, based on the size and type of cancer. Advanced technology, like the Da Vinci robotic surgery system, may be used, allowing for a less invasive surgery and faster recovery time.

Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays that kill cancer cells. Depending on your type of cancer, radiation therapy may be used before or after surgery, instead of surgery, with chemotherapy, and to relieve pain or other symptoms when the cancer has spread.

Brachytherapy, a type of radiation treatment where the radioactive source is placed at a "close" distance to the tumor and a high dose rate (HDR) is rapidly delivered, may be an option for some cervical cancers.

Chemotherapy is a group of medicines used to treat cancer and to kill fast-growing cells. Chemotherapy may be used after or instead of surgery, to reduce the risk that the cancer will return, and to treat cancer that may have already spread (metastasized) to other parts of the body. It is typically given intravenously, but may sometimes be given orally and can be given into the abdomen (intraperitoneal or IP) for some ovarian cancers.

Chemotherapy may be the only treatment you will need, but it may be also be used with other types of cancer treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, and biotherapy and targeted therapy.

Hormone therapy adds, blocks, or removes hormones. If your uterine cancer is estrogen receptor- positive (ER+) and/or progesterone receptor-positive (PR+), you may be given hormone therapy medication to slow or stop the growth.

Targeted therapy drugs work differently than other cancer treatments. Targeted therapy blocks cell signals that affect cell growth, function, and may cause cell death. They are typically given by mouth, but some are given intravenously. You may need to take targeted therapy drugs for a long time to continue to block these cell signals. Targeted therapy may be used alone or with other types of cancer treatment.

Biotherapy is a type of treatment that works with the immune system to identify and attack specific cancer cells or help to control side effects from other cancer treatment like chemotherapy. Biotherapy may be used alone or with other types of cancer treatment.

In addition to standard gynecological cancer treatment options, you may want to consider participating in a clinical trial. A clinical trial is a carefully controlled type of research study that tests new medical approaches in people. Some of today's most effective treatments are a direct result of clinical trials.

Kettering Cancer Care offers women facing gynecologic cancer access to cancer studies right here, without leaving the Dayton area. The Innovation Center, the National Cancer Institute via the Dayton Clinical Oncology Program (DCOP), and the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) are major sources of clinical trials for gynecological cancer. Ask your physician, "Is there a clinical trial for me?"