Gynecologic Oncology

Learn how women with gynecologic cancer increase their chance for a cure by seeking the care of a specially trained gynecologic oncologist before having any medical or surgical treatment.


Overview

Gynecologic cancer is any cancer that starts in a woman’s reproductive organs. This includes cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar. About 89,000 women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancer annually in the United States. Gynecologic oncology physicians at The University of Kansas Cancer Center are experts in screening, early detection and treatment of gynecologic cancers.

Our specialists are dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care for patients with gynecologic cancers. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained specialists provide the most advanced technologies and techniques available in the Kansas City region.

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US News and World Reports BadgeU.S. News & World Report ranks our cancer care on its Best Hospitals lists. The University of Kansas Cancer Center is one of 70 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers nationwide. Studies show that NCI-designated cancer centers achieve patient outcomes that are 25 percent better than those of other centers.

The Women's Cancer Center

The only facility of its kind in the region, The Women’s Cancer Center provides integrated, multidisciplinary care from the moment you walk in through your survivorship.

What We Treat

The care we provide is not “one size fits all.” Your treatment will be tailored to meet your particular needs. Several factors play a role in your treatment, including the stage, location and type of cancer, along with your age and overall health. Cancer treatment also varies depending on whether the goal of your treatment is to cure the cancer, keep it from spreading or relieve the symptoms it causes. We treat the following types of gynecologic cancer:

  • Cervical cancer: Approximately 13,240 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year. Cervical cancer can be prevented with the HPV vaccine, which protects against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.
  • Ovarian cancer: Ovarian cancer is the 5th leading cause of cancer deaths in women. About 90 percent of women who get ovarian cancer are older than 40.
  • Primary peritoneal cancer: Primary peritoneal cancer is closely related to epithelial ovarian cancer, which is the most common type of malignancy that affects the ovaries.
  • Uterine/endometrial cancer: Uterine cancer is the 4th most common cancer in women, with about 50,600 U.S. women diagnosed annually.
  • Vaginal and vulvar cancers: Vaginal and vulvar cancers are rare, accounting for 6 to 7 percent of all gynecologic cancers diagnosed in the U.S.

Clinical trials

We encourage our patients to take part in clinical research trials. Many of these studies are initiated by our own gynecologic cancer investigators, who design and implement the research as we work to provide the most advanced gynecologic cancer care. Through these trials, we evaluate potential new ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating ovarian and other gynecologic cancers.

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Clinical trials are research studies that involve people and test new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose or treat cancer and other diseases. View our infographic about clinical trials to learn more about why participating in a trial might be right for you.

Resources

Surviving cancer is a lifelong process and regular appointments are an important part of follow-up care. We believe our patients should receive the same high-quality, personalized and comprehensive care in survivorship that they receive during cancer treatment.

You also may wish to visit the Brandmeyer Patient Resource Center for more information.

To view patient resources for each gynecologic cancer, please click the links below.


Nurse navigators

A cancer diagnosis can leave you feeling stunned and overwhelmed. But at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, you don’t have to navigate your cancer journey alone. From initial diagnosis until your treatment plan is established, our nurse navigators guide patients through initial testing and appointments, answering questions and providing emotional support every step of the way. Your navigator then remains an additional resource for you throughout your cancer journey.

For information on our nurse navigator program, please call 913-588-3671 or send a fax to 913-588-7799.


Media

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In this section you can find photos, videos and media events related to women's cancer.

Ovarian Cancer


Cervical Cancer

Ovarian Cancer
Cervical Cancer
Breast Cancer
Uterine Cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Skin Cancer

Ovarian Cancer Risk Assessment
Breast Cancer: Diagnosis

Ask us about our clinical trials. Call +1 (913) 945-7552 or email ctnursenav@kumc.edu.

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