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Cervical Cancer

The Center for Gynecologic Oncology offers women with cervical cancer comprehensive, coordinated care supported by surgical innovation, research and clinical trials.

At the Center for Gynecologic Oncology, our multidisciplinary team of gynecologic cancer specialists provides individualized care and compassionate support services for women with cervical cancer. We consider patients and the family and friends involved in their care to be part of this team.

Patients are usually seen within one week of referral.

Innovative Approaches We combine research, technology and an advanced understanding of cancer diagnosis and treatment to tailor your care to the individual characteristics of your disease. This customized approach is the future of cancer care.
Each year, we treat thousands of patients with rare or common forms of cancer. Studies show that this high level of experience improves outcomes for patients. Specialization also improves outcomes, and our medical experts are sub-specialized by cancer type.

Many of our diagnostic and treatment approaches are only available at a few other hospitals in the country.

Multidisciplinary Patient Care 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:

  • Pathologists specializing in gynecologic cancers who provide a precise diagnosis of your cancer.
  • Radiologists specializing in gynecologic malignancies that help guide the selection of appropriate imaging tests and provide accurate interpretation.
  • Surgical Oncologists experienced in the latest minimally-invasive gynecologic surgery approaches.
  • Medical Oncologists to prescribe the most effective chemotherapy treatments and discuss available clinical trials
  • Radiation Oncologists who specialize in delivering the highest therapeutic dose while protecting healthy tissue
  • Oncology nurses and nurse practitioners who specialize in cancer care
  • Oncology psychiatrists and social workers experienced in helping with the cognitive side effects of cancer and treatment, as well the emotional and spiritual aspects of the cancer experience
  • A nutritionist to help you with questions about diet and nutrition during treatment
  • Palliative care providers to improve quality of life

Members of your care team meet regularly with you and your referring physician to ensure clear communication and seamless coordination of care.

Gynecologic Oncology – Advanced Care for All Gynecologic Cancers at Mass General Hospital

Expertise in Diagnosing and Staging Cancers Our pathologists are sub-specialized in identifying gynecologic malignancies. 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 cervical 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 radiologists offer all radiologic options to diagnose and accurately stage gynecologic cancer, including:

  • Ultrasound
  • PET
  • PET/CT
  • MRI

They also offer promising novel imaging approaches and have extensive experience performing image-guided procedures such asCT-guided biopsy.

Medical Oncology In addition to traditional chemotherapies, our medical oncologists offer innovative approaches including:

  • Novel Therapies for drug-resistant tumors
  • Access to leading-edge therapies through clinical trials conducted collaboratively with hospitals in the Harvard system and nationally with the Gynecologic Oncology Group
  • Chemotherapy to help boost sensitivity to radiation
  • Oncologists and specially trained nurses provide personal attention and advice on coping with side effects. Acupuncture is available to help manage side effects

Excellence in Surgical Care Studies show that generally the less invasive the surgery, the faster the recovery . For patients needing cervical cancer surgery, our specialized surgeons offer minimally invasive and traditional surgical techniques including:

  • Minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery
  • Laparoscopic surgical techniques
  • Fertility-sparing surgery

Pioneering Radiation Therapies The goal of radiation therapy is to shrink or destroy tumors while sparing healthy tissue. To accomplish this, our specialized radiation teams offer a full spectrum of radiation treatments for cervical cancer including some approaches available at just a few other medical centers in the U.S. These include:

  • Proton beam radiation therapy that pinpoints tumors with precision
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), which delivers different doses of radiation to different parts of a tumor simultaneously
  • Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) to deliver radiation directly into the tumor area during surgery
  • Concurrent chemoradiation
  • Preservation of sexual function with conservative surgery and chemoradiation
  • Outpatient brachytherapy to deliver radiation near or directly into the tumor using tiny internally implanted radiation sources

Treating Cancer through Clinical Trials As part of one of the nation’s leading centers for gynecologic cancer research, our researchers are developing promising new treatments for cervical cancer. We have one of New England’s largest clinical trial programs and have numerous open protocols in gynecologic oncology. View a list of current cervical cancer trials.

Developing Better Therapies through Research Our clinical and laboratory researchers are developing promising new therapies, including:

  • Novel agents that kill tumors by blocking their blood supply
  • Therapies for drug-resistant tumors

Learn more about research at the Cancer Center.

Cervical Cancer

If abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix spread deeper into the cervix, or to other tissues or organs, the disease is then called cervical cancer, or invasive cervical cancer.

The Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program

The Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program focuses on improving the quality of life and well-being of Cancer Center patients, their families and friends through free wellness services such as acupuncture and yoga. These services help you take care of your whole self — mind, body and spirit.

Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Room

The Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Room at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center provides cancer patients and their families with information and resources for living with cancer.

Illuminations Program

Illuminations is a rotating art exhibit displayed in the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. The program aims to enlighten and encourage patients and their loved ones by enhancing our environment of care.

Oncology Chaplaincy

Our oncology chaplain is familiar with the unique needs of those with cancer.

Home Disconnect

A home infusion pump may be part of your treatment plan. In some cases, you may have the option for disconnecting the chemotherapy from home. If this option applies to you, and you would prefer to disconnect from home, this instructional video will reinforce the teaching provided to you by your nurse in the Mass General cancer Center

The following related clinical trials and research studies are currently seeking participants at Massachusetts General Hospital. Search for clinical trials and studies in another area of interest.

Marcela Del Carmen, MD, talks about your risk of developing cervical cancer, even as you age

Marcela Del Carmen, MD, a gynecologic oncologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center says that the risk for cervical cancer goes up, not down, as you age. Learn about your risk for cervical cancer, and the new guidelines that caution women to continue to get PAP smears into their 60s.

The Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program

The Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program focuses on improving the quality of life and well-being of Cancer Center patients, their families and friends through free wellness services such as acupuncture and yoga. These services help you take care of your whole self — mind, body and spirit.

Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Room

The Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Room at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center provides cancer patients and their families with information and resources for living with cancer.

Illuminations Program

Illuminations is a rotating art exhibit displayed in the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. The program aims to enlighten and encourage patients and their loved ones by enhancing our environment of care.

Oncology Chaplaincy

Our oncology chaplain is familiar with the unique needs of those with cancer.

Home Disconnect

A home infusion pump may be part of your treatment plan. In some cases, you may have the option for disconnecting the chemotherapy from home. If this option applies to you, and you would prefer to disconnect from home, this instructional video will reinforce the teaching provided to you by your nurse in the Mass General cancer Center

Cancer Center

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Phone: 617-726-5130

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Our approach to patient care unites cancer specialists across the hospital to create a personalized treatment plan for each patient, ensuring the best possible outcomes.