The West Clinic

What is Gynecologic Oncology?

A Gynecologic Oncologist is a physician specializing in the diagnosis  and treatment of women with cancer of the reproductive organs which  includes the ovary, endometrium, uterus, cervix, vagina, vulva and gestational trophoblastic disease. Their area of expertise includes the surgical and chemotherapeutic management of gynecologic malignancies. In addition, a close working relationship exists between the gynecologic oncologist and the radiation oncologist in the planning and treatment of patients with radiation therapy. All Gynecologic Oncologists complete an approved, 4-year residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology which is followed by a 3-4 year clinical fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology. Currently, there are 45 fellowship training programs approved by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) in the United States.

The most common gynecologic cancers are ovarian, endometrial, and cervical. Less common forms of gynecologic malignancies include vulvar and vaginal cancer. Some cancer types we treat are:

  • Established or suspected ovarian cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Uterine sarcoma
  • Pre-invasive and invasive cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancer.
  • Trophoblast/ Placental cancer
  • Fallopian tube cancer
  • Patients with strong family history for breast and/or ovarian cancer