Gynecologic cancer care at Rush may include one or more of the following treatment options, depending on the type and stage of the cancer.
Chemotherapy and other drug regimens
- The most advanced chemotherapy available for fighting gynecologic cancers.
- Intraperitoneal chemotherapy for advanced ovarian cancer delivers treatment directly into the abdomen to target cancer cells that have spread into the abdominal cavity.
- Clinical trials for biologic or targeted therapies offer patients access to drugs or other substances that seek to block the growth and spread of cancer.
Gynecologic cancer patients are treated by a member of the radiation oncology team who focuses on gynecologic cancer. This focus gives physicians a unique understanding of how to most effectively treat gynecologic cancer using the technology available at Rush, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and brachytherapy.
- Advanced gynecologic surgical techniques to remove tumors and affected tissue.
- Robotic surgery, such as the da Vinci Surgical System, in which the surgeon operates a computer that remotely controls very small instruments.
- Prophylactic surgery to prevent gynecologic cancers in those with genetic mutations or high risk factors.
The Rush Inherited Susceptibility to Cancer (RISC) program offers genetic testing and counseling to people who have gynecologic cancer and those with risk factors for developing gynecologic cancer.
Complementary and alternative medicine
Rush offers complementary and alternative medicine therapies through the Cancer Integrative Medicine Program. These therapies, such as acupuncture, biofeedback, guided imagery and massage, can enhance traditional cancer therapies by easing muscle tension, reducing stress and anxiety, decreasing nausea, relieving pain and increasing energy.
Rush welcomes patients seeking second opinions. If you have been diagnosed with gynecologic cancer, you may want to get a second opinion from another specialist before you begin treatment to ensure you are aware of all treatment options and are comfortable with your course of treatment.
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