Count on the gynecologic oncology experts in Stamford Health’s Women’s Specialty Center and the Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center to customize a care plan that answers your questions and meets your needs.
Gynecologic cancer is cancer of the female reproductive organs—the ovaries, uterus, cervix, vagina, and vulva. As with other cancers, early detection greatly aids in the care of gynecologic cancers. Common gynecologic cancers, however, may occur without obvious symptoms, making them difficult to diagnose. That is why you want to entrust your gynecologic health to true specialists such as the physicians of Stamford Health’s Women’s Specialty Center and the oncologists at the Bennett Cancer Center.
Common gynecologic cancers
- Endometrial cancer—a cancer in the lining of the uterus that affects one in 35 American women. It is five times more likely in a woman considered obese and is increasing due to rising obesity rates.
- Ovarian cancer—a dangerous cancer affecting one in 78 American women. It does not have obvious symptoms in the early stages and is not easily detected in routine exams.
- Cervical cancer—cancer of the cervix, caused in 80% of cases by one of two forms of the Human papillomavirus virus or HPV. Cervical cancer can be detected by a PAP smear, and the vaccine effective against HPV can lower rates.
Stamford Health’s gynecologic cancer experts offer university-level gynecologic oncology with our specialists serving on the faculty of The Yale School of Medicine. They collaborate with your doctor as well as Stamford Health specialists in genetics, radiology, and surgery to provide the best care for you.
Our efforts begin with helping you to prevent gynecologic cancer through:
- Education including healthy lifestyle changes
- Regular gynecologic screenings
- Recommended vaccinations
If your family history includes gynecologic cancers, we may refer you to our cancer genetics program for genetic screening and counseling. The Women’s Specialty Center is unique in Connecticut for having staff double-boarded in gynecology and genetics.
Diagnostic screening options for gynecologic cancer include:
- Pelvic exams
- Pap tests
- Colposcopy exams
- CT scans
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Positron emission tomography (PET)
- Occasional diagnostic surgery
Should an examination reveal a diagnosis of gynecologic cancer, our surgeons are available quickly to provide consultation. Stamford Health’s gynecologic oncologists have a full range of treatment options that include:
- Chemotherapy and radiation therapy
- Minimally invasive surgery performed with the da Vinci® Surgical System
- Other techniques, as appropriate, designed specifically for you
Our team approach to gynecologic oncology includes:
- A dedicated Nurse Navigator to help you with resources, appointments, and education
- Assisting you through possible scenarios that may accompany cancer, including rehabilitative services such as pelvic floor physical therapy
- Ongoing emotional support through our Gynecologic Oncology Survivorship Program