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Gynecologic cancer is the spread of abnormal cells from various areas of the female reproductive system. There are ways to reduce your risk of developing this type of cancer, as well as ways to help detect it in early stages.

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Gynecologic cancer is defined as the spread of abnormal cells from various areas of the female reproductive system, including the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes. There are certain ways to reduce your risk of developing this type of cancer, as well as ways to help detect it in early stages. The Georgia Cancer Center's Multi-disciplinary Gynecological Cancer Team cares for patients who have been diagnosed with a variety of cancers and cancer-related diseases.

More than 70,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with a gynecological cancer each year. An annual Pap smear screens for cervical cancer; however, no good screening exists for the other types of gynecological cancer. That is why it is important for women to talk to their doctor if they experience unusual symptoms or changes in their body.

  • We provide the area’s only multidisciplinary gynecological cancer program
  • We run an internationally recognized Gynecological Cancer Prevention Program
  • We run a highly active minimal access surgical program with emphasis on robotic surgery
  • Leaders in gynecological cancer research who were involved in the development of Gardasil, the HPV vaccine that can help prevent cervical cancer
  • We offer state-of-the-art clinical trials, with new treatments not available anywhere else in the region
  • We offer supportive services like our full-service Image Boutique and a close-knit, highly active GYN Cancer Support Group 
Jane is a a part of a clinical trials study at the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University. See her inspirational attitude and approach to beating ovarian cancer.

Renowned GYN oncologists offer traditional surgeries and minimally invasive Da Vinci robotic hysterectomies. The center also sponsors the area’s only GYN Cancer Prevention Program for women who’ve had abnormal Pap smears.

Areas of treatment include:

  • Cervical cancer occurs most often in women younger than the age of 50. Most cervical cancers are squamous cell carcinomas and adenocarcinomas.

     

  • Endometrial cancer, the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs, is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the endometrium.
  • Ovarian cancer is a disease in which cancer starts in the cells of the ovary. There are three types of ovarian tumors, named for the tissue in which they are found:
    • Epithelial cell: These are cells that cover the surface of the ovary. Most of these tumors are benign (noncancerous). However, epithelial ovarian cancer accounts for most ovarian cancer cases.
    • Germ cell: These are cells that form the eggs in the ovary.
    • Stromal cell: These cells form the structural tissue of the ovary and produce female hormones.
  • Uterine cancer spreads through the bloodstream or lymphatic system. 
  • Vaginal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells are found in the tissues of the vagina.
  • Vulvar cancer can occur on any part of the external organs, but most often affects the labia majora or labia minora.

Look out for these common symptoms of gynecologic cancer:

  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding or discharge
  • Frequent urination
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Frequent bloating
  • Chronic abdominal or back pain
  • Unexplained pelvic pain
  • Itching or burning sensation in the vulva
  • Rash, sores or ulcers in the vulva
 

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