If you have been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer (cancer of the cervix, ovaries, uterus, vulva or vagina) the Cape Cod Healthcare Regional Cancer Network will work with you to make sure you receive the most advanced care available.
An experienced gynecological oncologist from Brigham and Women’s Hospital is available to perform specific surgeries at our hospitals, making it possible for you to recover close to home.
How Gynecological Cancer is Diagnosed
A physical exam is the first step in checking for gynecological cancers. Some kinds of cancer, such as cervical cancer, can be detected through cancer screening methods like Pap tests and HPV tests.
To confirm the presence of cancer, a tissue sample will be taken and the cells will be examined in the laboratory. Other tests, such as ultrasound imaging, may also be conducted.
How Gynecological Cancer is Treated
Your medical team, consisting of specialists and healthcare professionals from multiple disciplines, will collaborate on the best treatment for your type and stage of cancer. Your treatment may involve one or a combination of these options:
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Some gynecological cancer surgeries can be done with the da Vinci® Surgical System, a less invasive approach to surgery that results in smaller incisions and a quicker return to regular activities. Gynecologic surgeons William Agel, MD; Richard J. Angelo, MD; and Keith W. McAteer, MD, are skilled in the da Vinci system.
At Cape Cod Healthcare, we are with you every step of the way as you navigate cancer. We offer a full range of support and survivorship services.
Find more information on gynecologic cancers at the American Cancer Society.