• By Dana Sparks

Women’s Wellness: Connect with women living with gynecologic cancer

March 21, 2019

three young women laughing and smiling togetherGynecologic cancers include cervical cancer, endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cancer, pelvic masses, uterine cancervaginal cancer and vulvar cancer.

Mayo Clinic Connect is a place where you can meet women living with a gynecologic cancer or caring for someone with gynecologic cancer. You can ask your questions, share your story, or just say hello.

"Connect members find connection, support, and information from people like them," says Colleen Young, Community Director. "Patients have lots of questions between appointments -- often questions that only other patients living with a gynecologic cancer can answer. It helps to be able to reach out at any time of day or night and know that someone else is there and understands."

Learn more about gynecologic cancer and women's health issues on Mayo Clinic Connect.

Innovative treatment options

Your health care provider will talk with you about a full range of effective, innovative treatment options. Mayo Clinic gynecologic oncology surgeons are expert in complex laparoscopic and robotic approaches, fertility-sparing surgery, and risk reduction procedures for inherited cancer syndromes:

  • Advanced laparoscopic surgery.
    This is an effective minimally invasive technique that has been shown to result in shorter hospital stays, less discomfort and a shorter recovery period.
  • Robotic surgery.
    This approach has the same advantages as advanced laparoscopy, and it allows surgeons to operate with increased precision and accuracy while minimizing trauma to surrounding tissues.
  • Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT).
    This radiation technique is used to treat advanced cancers that are localized but have spread from the original tumor site in people who might otherwise have no treatment options. In IORT, the equipment is brought directly into the operating room, and a high dose of radiation is administered directly to the cancer site during surgery. Mayo Clinic is one of only about 10 medical centers in the world offering this treatment option.
  • Intraperitoneal chemotherapy.
    This technique involves the direct delivery of chemotherapy into the abdomen for treatment of ovarian cancer. National Cancer Institute research has shown intraperitoneal chemotherapy to provide a better survival advantage, compared with intravenous chemotherapy alone.

Portions of this article are written by Mayo Clinic staff. Find more health and medical information on mayoclinic.org.

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