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Dignity Health: Treating Gynecological Cancer

Gynecological cancer refers to a group of diseases that affect the organs of the female reproductive system. Each one is different and comes with unique symptoms and risk factors. As with most cancers, treatment is most effective in the early stages.

To receive personal care for gynecological cancer in the Bay Area, use Dignity Health’s online search tool and Find a Doctor. Our gynecologists and oncologists partner to bring you the exceptional level of care you deserve.

Types of Gynecological Cancer We Treat

Cancer can develop in the organ’s of the reproductive system. These include: 

Learn more about diagnosis and treatment at one of our cancer centers in the Bay Area: 

Common Signs & Symptoms of Gynecological Cancer

Signs vary depending on the location and stage of the cancer, but may include:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge
  • Abdominal or back pain
  • Changes in urination or bowel movements
  • Pelvic pain, pressure, or discomfort
  • Bloating

In vulvar cancer, symptoms can include burning, itching, or skin color changes of the vulva.

Causes of Gynecological Cancer

Cancer experts don’t know what causes gynecological cancers, however, they have identified certain risk factors for each type. Generally, your risk increases as you get older. Talk with your doctor about risk factors for specific gynecological cancers and how you can lower them.

Prevention & Treatment Options for Gynecological Cancer

Prevention centers around knowing your risk factors and seeing your doctor regularly so any problems can be detected early. Treatment and therapy depends on the type, location, and stage of the disease.

At Dignity Health, our doctors may recommend one or more of these treatments:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery