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Center for Gynecologic Cancers
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. Our medical experts are sub-specialized by cancer type. Many of our approaches are only available at a few other hospitals in the country.
Our pathologists are sub-specialized in identifying gynecologic cancers, leading to more accurate diagnosis and staging. This forms the basis for your treatment.
Our gynecologic cancer pathologists are internationally recognized and consulted on the diagnosis of cervical 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 radiologists offer all options to diagnose and accurately stage gynecologic cancer, including:
They also offer promising novel imaging approaches and have extensive experience performing image-guided procedures like CT-guided biopsy.
In addition to traditional chemotherapies, our medical oncologists offer innovative approaches including:
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:
Our specialized radiation teams offer a full spectrum of radiation treatments for cervical cancer including some approaches available at just a few other hospitals in the U.S. including:
Learn more about radiation therapy.
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.
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
The cervix is the lower, narrow part of a woman's uterus (womb) located between the bladder and rectum. Cancer that begins in the cells lining the cervix is called cervical cancer.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that about 12,900 new cases of cervical cancer would be diagnosed in the United States in 2015, and that the disease would cause about 4,100 deaths.
A diagnosis of cervical cancer may be made through tests and procedures including:
Types of cervical cancer surgery include:
Learn more about cervical cancer on our patient education page.
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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