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Gynaecological Oncology

What is Gynaecological Oncology?  

Gynaecological Oncology is a specialised field of medicine that focuses on cancers of the female reproductive system, including ovarian, endometrial, uterine, vaginal, cervical, and vulvar cancer. As specialists, Gynaecological Oncologists have extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of these cancers. By training, Gynaecological Oncologists are Obstetrician-Gynaecologists who have super-specialised. They are trained in all the treatments used for gynaecology cancers such as surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and experimental treatments.

Advantages of seeing a Gynaecological Oncologist

Not only do Gynaecological Oncologists learn to do surgery on the female reproductive system, but on all the organs of the pelvic and abdominal tissues and organs which may be involved if the cancer has spread. They are also extensively trained in the vital techniques of surgical staging and cytoreductive surgery. Finding the exact stage of the cancer is vital to planning the best treatment. In the case of cytoreductive surgery, Gynaecological Oncologists are experts in finding and removing tumours that have spread in the pelvic and abdominal areas. A distinct advantage to seeing a Gynaecological Oncologist is that one doctor can manage all the treatment for a patient, since they are trained both as a surgeon and a specialty oncologist.  They can prescribe and oversee all aspects of a woman's treatment, and are the most likely professional to be well-versed in the latest treatments in the area, including experimental ones.

Who should see a Gynaecological Oncologist?

Anyone who has been advised to have surgery for what could possibly be a gynaecological cancer. This would include exploratory surgery for any "suspicious pelvic mass". Every woman with Ovarian Cancer, Cervical, Vaginal and Vulvar Cancer/Dysplasia, Endometrial/Uterine Cancer, Complex Atypical Hyperlasia, Fallopian Tube Cancer, Gestational Trophoblastic Neoplasia or Primary Peritoneal Carcinoma should be treated by a Gynaecological Oncologist.