What is a Gynecologic Oncologist?
Gynecologic oncologists are board-certified gynecologic surgeons/obstetricians (GS&O) who have an additional 3-4 years of specialized training in treating gynecologic cancers from an American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology-approved fellowship program. A gynecologic oncologist can manage your care from diagnosis to completion of treatment providing both complex surgery and drug therapies (chemotherapy), supportive/palliative care, and survivorship.
What conditions are treated by Gynecologic Oncology?
Gynecologic oncologists are dedicated to the treatment of cancers of the reproductive system and other complex gynecologic pathology. These include:
- Cervical Cancer
- Endometrial Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Uterine Cancer
- Vaginal Cancer
- Vulvar Cancer
- Gestational Trophoblastic Disease
- Complex and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgical Cases including Da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System platforms
- Genetic counseling and prophylactic surgery
- Second opinions
- Referrals for clinical trial
We are here for you
Our team of physicians, nurses, counselors, therapists, and staff are committed to helping women navigate through diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Patients have access to a full spectrum of evidence-based cancer care administered by experts focused solely on gynecologic cancers. Our division has a large network of professional contacts within Brooke Army Medical Center, where you can be referred for radiation oncology, nutrition, physical therapy, genetic counseling, palliative care, and support counseling to form a comprehensive personalized treatment plan.
Preparing for your first appointment
- Write down any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
- Write down any familial history related to cancer.
- Write down key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes.
- Make a list of all medications, as well as any vitamins or supplements that you're taking.
- Write down questions you want to ask your doctor.
- Bring a family member if available.