Gynecologic Program

The Gynecologic Program in the Department of Radiation Oncology administers innovative radiation treatments to women with malignancies of the reproductive tract.

A hallmark of our program is the compassionate care and individualized attention you receive from our physicians, nurses and support staff. Each step of your treatment is managed by a single, dedicated radiation oncologist who specializes in treating cancers and tumors of the:

  • Cervix
  • Vagina
  • Vulva
  • Uterus
  • Ovaries
  • Fallopian tubes

Experienced & Accomplished Radiation Oncologists

Centered on reproductive-tract tissues, gynecologic radiation therapy requires exceptional precision to minimize the impact of treatment on sexual, hormonal and reproductive functions. Our radiation oncologists' extensive experience and knowledge of reproductive anatomy and physiology, combined with their expertise in radiation therapy, make them particularly qualified to treat women with gynecologic cancers.

Our program is led by Anthony Russell, MD, who has treated thousands of patients in a career that spans more than 30 years. Dr. Russell is known for his expertise in administering brachytherapy, a technique that requires advanced technical skills and years of practice to plan and deliver effectively. Using brachytherapy, he has treated hundreds of patients successfully since the 1980s.

Dr. Russell also is an active clinical researcher who has published dozens of articles in medical journals and served on the editorial board of Gynecological Oncology, the field's most prestigious publication. He is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and the International Gynecologic Cancer Society, the national and international societies for physicians specializing in the care of women with primary cancers of the reproductive tract.

Today Dr. Russell works to improve patient outcomes by studying new imaging technologies for evaluating the extent of disease in patients with gynecologic cancer and by analyzing the effectiveness of treating patients with combinations of radiation therapy and chemotherapy. A major focus of his work involves reducing side effects associated with radiation therapy.

Personalized, Multidisciplinary Care

Several days each week, Dr. Russell serves as the radiation oncology consultant at the multidisciplinary clinic in the Gillette Center for Gynecologic Cancers, which is part of the Cancer Center and where some of your treatment may be administered.

At this highly specialized clinic, Dr. Russell and members of our staff work shoulder-to-shoulder with your entire cancer treatment team, which may include:

  • Gynecologic oncologists
  • Medical oncologists
  • Surgical oncologists
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgeons
  • Radiologists
  • Dermatologists
  • Pain specialists
  • Pathologists

This multidisciplinary approach enables us to provide comprehensive care tailored to your individual needs.

What to Expect

Our team is dedicated to keeping you completely informed and encourages your questions about any step in the treatment process, from understanding the safety of your therapy to managing side effects. Answers to many frequently asked questions also appear in Your Guide to Radiation Therapy (PDF).

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.

Endometrial Cancer

Cancer of the endometrium, the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs, is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the endometrium. Endometrioid cancer is a specific type of endometrial cancer.

Ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is a disease in which malignant cells are found in an ovary.

Uterine Cancer

Cancers that occur in each part of the uterus have their own names, such as cervical cancer or endometrial cancer, but are sometimes broadly defined as uterine cancer because the structure is part of the uterus.

Vaginal Cancer

Cancer of the vagina, a rare kind of cancer in women, is a disease in which malignant cells are found in the tissues of the vagina.

Vulvar Cancer

Vulvar cancer is a malignancy that can occur on any part of the external organs, but most often affects the labia majora or labia minora.

The Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program

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Your Guide to Radiation Therapy (PDF)

Read our patient information guide to learn more about the different types of radiation treatments and what patients can expect.

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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.

Your Guide to Radiation Therapy (PDF)

Read our patient information guide to learn more about the different types of radiation treatments and what patients can expect.

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