What are gynecological cancers?
This is the category of cancers affecting the female reproductive system and any associated structures. Endometrial cancer is the most common, with more than 200,000 cases per year in the U.S. Gynecological cancers also include cervical, uterine, ovarian, peritoneal (abdominal lining), tubal (fallopian tube), vaginal, and vulvar cancers, as well as gestational trophoblastic disease.
Gestational trophoblastic disease usually presents as a group of tumors inside the uterus. They grow from the cells that would normally form the placenta in the event of pregnancy. The tumors are not always cancerous, but should still be removed even if they are benign.
Sometimes symptoms for ovarian cancer can be mild. Knowing the symptoms can help save your life.
What to look for
There are a variety of symptoms and causes of gynecological cancers, depending on the affected organ, but common risk factors include age, obesity, and smoking. Consult a doctor if you are experiencing any irregular bleeding or pain in the pelvic area.
Our advanced approach to treating gynecological cancers
At the Northwell Health Cancer Institute at Phelps, we treat the whole patient, not just the disease. Our doctors, surgeons, and other team members will work together to create a unique plan for you. We’ll be with you every step of the way, using the most advanced therapies available to help you beat cancer.
As part of the Northwell Health family, Phelps has access to vast clinical resources, cutting-edge technology, and a network of hospitals and specialists. Some of the treatments provided at the Cancer Institute at Phelps include:
- Minimally invasive robotic surgery and fertility-sparing techniques
- Hyperthermic chemotherapy, targeted therapies, and biologic therapies
- Immunotherapy and genetic testing
- Highly precise radiation therapy techniques
- Comprehensive support services
We have access to a network of research laboratories and hospitals performing cutting-edge cancer trials. For more information, please talk to your doctor.
We will make every effort to provide convenient and local treatment options, so you can focus on your battle. Our doctors focus on a collaborative approach, and will always consult with the most qualified specialists both inside and outside of the Phelps system. You’ll work closely with a dedicated team of specialists in medical oncology, surgical oncology, and radiation oncology who will collaborate to ensure seamless coordination of your care.