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Center for Gynecologic Cancers
Patients at our Center for Gynecologic Oncology are treated by gynecologic cancer specialists experienced in local and advanced uterine cancer. We offer expert care for women with:
Among the innovative approaches offered here are:
Our pathologists are sub-specialized in identifying gynecologic cancers. This expertise leads to more accurate diagnosis and staging, which forms the basis for your treatment.
Our gynecologic cancer pathologists are internationally recognized and consulted on the diagnosis of uterine cancer. They participate in weekly 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 all the most advanced imaging methods and perform image-guided interventional procedures such as CT-guided biopsy.
Based on your overall health and the stage and other characteristics of your cancer, your medical oncologist may recommend traditional or novel approaches to chemotherapy such as:
Because we have a high number of patients using these approaches, we are familiar with medical, lifestyle, and complementary approaches, such as acupuncture, for minimizing side effects.
We treat thousands of patients each year and are a recognized leader in gynecologic cancer surgery, in both rare and common cancers. Studies show that high-volume experience results in improved patient outcomes. We offer the latest surgical innovations with emphasis on minimally invasive procedures.
We offer a full spectrum of radiation therapy treatments including some approaches available at just a few other medical centers in the U.S. Depending on the type and stage of your disease, your treatment may include:
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 muscle or supporting tissues of the uterus (womb) is called uterine cancer, or uterine sarcoma. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that about 1,600 new cases of uterine sarcoma would be diagnosed in the United States in 2015.
Please note: The information on this page refers specifically to uterine sarcoma.
A diagnosis of uterine cancer may be made through tests and procedures including:
Treatment for uterine cancer most commonly involves uterine cancer surgery. Options include:
Some women who have had uterine cancer surgery 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 and 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. Learn 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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