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Cancer in a woman’s reproductive system is called gynecological cancer. Common types include:
Cancers of the male reproductive system are called genitourinary cancer.
Find a Doctor at Dignity Health who specializes in treating gynecological cancer in Arizona. Use our online tool or call 855.970.2527 to speak with someone today. We are proud to be the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center headquartered in Arizona, located at our University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. You can also find cancer care at Chandler Regional Medical Center.
Risk factors for gynecological cancer vary by type, but your risk increases with age. Infection by the human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main risk factor for cervical cancer. Family history may play a role in the development of some gynecological cancers, such as uterine and ovarian cancer. Exposure to excess estrogen (with or without progesterone) is strongly correlated with the development of uterine cancer.
Dignity Health offers specialized cancer screening for women who are at risk of developing gynecological cancer.
Symptoms of gynecological cancer depend on the organ it affects and the type of cancer. Symptoms can include:
At Dignity Health, we treat whole person, not just the disease. In addition to board certified radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and surgeons, your care team will include specialists such as social workers, pharmacists, dietitians, and spiritual care experts. Counseling, support groups, and classes on healthy diets for women are available and encouraged.
Treatment plans depend on the type and stage of the cancer. Often, doctors combine two or more types of treatment. The best treatment for you will depend on many factors, including your personal preference.
Common gynecological cancer treatments include:
Prevention of gynecological cancer depends on the specific type of cancer. For example, an HPV vaccine may help prevent cervical cancer. Talk with your doctor to learn more.