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The experienced doctors at the Center for Gynecologic Oncology provide multidisciplinary care for women with any stage of endometrial cancer.
We treat thousands of women with gynecologic cancers each year. Studies show that such high-volume experience results in improved patient outcomes. Among the approaches offered here are:
Our pathologists are sub-specialized in identifying gynecologic cancers. This expertise leads to more accurate diagnosis and staging, forming the basis for your treatment.
Our gynecologic cancer pathologists are internationally recognized and consulted on the diagnosis of endometrial cancer. They participate in tumor board meetings, sharing information about each patient’s unique cancer with the entire treatment team to help guide care planning.
Our skilled radiologists employ the most advanced imaging methods and perform image-guided interventional procedures such as CT-guided biopsy.
Determining the right approach to treating your cancer depends on a detailed pathology report and your doctor’s ability to balance benefits and side effects based on your overall health and genetic markers of your disease. Patients treated here have the advantage of knowing:
Your medical oncologist may recommend traditional or novel approaches to treating your disease such as:
Our gynecologic cancer surgeons are highly experienced in the treatment of gynecologic cancers and are recognized leaders in their fields. Research has shown that surgeons performing higher volumes of particular procedures can often offer patients better outcomes, such as shorter hospital stays and fewer complications. We offer the latest surgical innovations with emphasis on minimally invasive procedures. These include:
We offer a full spectrum of radiation therapy treatments including some approaches available at just a few other medical centers in the United States:
Learn more about radiation therapy.
Your personalized treatment plan will be developed by experts from an array of gynecologic cancer specialties. Depending on the stage and other characteristics of your cancer, this treatment plan may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of these therapies.
The specialists involved in your care may include:
Michael J. Birrer, MD, PhDProgram Director, Gynecologic Oncology Program
Don S. Dizon, MDCo-Clinical Director, Gynecologic Oncology Program
Marcela G. del Carmen, MD, MPHCo-Clinical Director, Gynecologic Oncology Program
Cancer that begins in the tissues lining the uterus is called endometrial cancer. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that 54,870 new cases of cancers of the uterus would be diagnosed in the United States in 2015, and that these diseases would cause about 10,170 deaths.
A diagnosis of endometrial cancer may be made through tests and procedures including:
Surgery is the first treatment option for most women with endometrial cancer. Types of surgery include:
Some women who have had surgery for endometrial cancer may need additional therapy, such as:
Clinical trials are research studies of new drugs, new combinations of drugs or already approved drugs being studied to treat patients in new/different ways. They may include new drug doses or new ways (schedules) to give the drugs. Clinical trials are run under strict guidelines. Their purpose is to help find out whether new cancer treatments are safe and effective or better than the standard (current) treatment. At Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, there are several clinical trials open for the treatment of breast cancer that use the latest in cancer treatments.
Cancer is increasingly becoming a disease in which the genetic make-up of each individual cancer drives therapy. The Center for Gynecologic Oncology also has access to clinical trials involving these targeted therapy approaches.
The Cancer Center also offers the Lazarex-MGH Cancer Care Equity Program, which strives to promote awareness about and access to cancer clinical trials through community outreach and education, financial assistance, and patient navigation. Click here to find out more about this program.
If you have any questions or would like to speak with one of our doctors, please call the Center for Gynecologic Oncology at (617) 724-4800.
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