There are more than one million gynecologic cancer survivors in the United States today. Additionally, more than 78,000 women will receive a new diagnosis of gynecologic cancer this year. At Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, our department of gynecology offers physicians who specialize in gynecologic oncology and work together to develop treatment plans for each individual's needs, including looking for risk factors and symptoms.
Gynecologic cancers are the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells that originate in the female reproductive organs (cervix, ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva). Gynecologic cancers should be treated by gynecologic oncologists, board-certified obstetrician/gynecologists who have specialized training in treating gynecologic cancers.
Depending on the type and stage of cancer, gynecologic cancers are usually treated through surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Lahey gynecologists have access to the latest techniques in the management of gynecologic cancers and are experts in minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Our gynecologists work in a multidisciplinary approach with specialists in radiation oncology, medical oncology, and the Familial Cancer Risk Assessment Center in developing a course of treatment for each patient.