Gynecologic oncology is a specialized field of medicine that focuses on cancers of the female reproductive system including ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, vaginal cancer, cervical cancer and vulvar cancer. In the US over 82,000 women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancer each year. Valley had a Gynecology Oncology group
What is a Gynecologic Oncologist?
A gynecologic oncologist is a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating multiple types of cancer in a woman’s reproductive organs. Gynecologic oncologists have completed obstetrics and gynecology residency and then pursued subspecialty training through a gynecologic oncology fellowship. Residency takes four years to complete, while fellowship involves three to four additional years of intensive training about surgical, chemotherapeutic, radiation, and research techniques that are important to providing the best care for gynecologic cancers. Physicians who complete this training are eligible to take both the obstetrics and gynecology board exam and the gynecologic oncology board exam.
What types of cancer are treated by a Gynecologic Oncologist?
Cervical: Cancer of the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina.
Ovarian: A variety of types of cancer that arise from cells of the ovary.
Uterine: Cancer of the uterus including endometrial cancer and uterine sarcoma.
Vaginal: Cancer of the vagina.
Vulvar: Cancer that occurs on the outer surface area of the female genitalia.