A Team Approach to Treating Gynecologic Cancer & Conditions of the Reproductive Organs
The experts within Jefferson's Gynecologic Oncology Program in Philadelphia care for women who have been diagnosed with malignant and premalignant conditions of the reproductive organs including the cervix, ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva. Our physicians also provide care for women at high risk of gynecological cancer. Patients are referred by physicians not only within the Jefferson community but also throughout the tri-state area.
Our Program emphasizes a team approach, with face-to-face discussions about your care with gynecologic, medical and radiation oncologists who are board certified in their specialty. This approach translates to excellent coordination of your care from diagnosis to treatment to follow-up.
Gynecologic Cancer Treatment Plans
A patient's cancer treatment plan may involve surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation. Minimally invasive and robotic methods are used to treat a wider range of gyneco-oncological conditions, offering faster recovery with fewer risks of complications.
Three-dimensional high-dose-rate (HDR) treatment has broadened our delivery options for patients with gynecologic cancer, which allows for a targeted dose of radiation to ensure accuracy. We also employ intra-operative radiation therapy (IORT) during surgery to deliver a concentrated beam of radiation to cancer cells or tumor beds as they are exposed.
Ongoing Gynecologic Cancer Research
To ensure that patients have access to the widest variety of treatment options, our specialists are actively involved in cancer research on many fronts. This involvement in clinical research affords our patients access to the newest agents. At any given time, about 100 oncology clinical trials are being conducted at the Kimmel Cancer Center. Patients are encouraged to ask about our clinical trials upon their visit.