Gynecological oncology refers to the study and treatment of all types of gynecological cancer that affect a woman’s reproductive system. At Dignity Health, our skilled gynecologic oncologists and cancer specialists are passionate about fighting cancer for optimal outcomes.
Types of gynecological cancer we treat at Dignity Health include:
If you or a loved one would like to learn more about the trusted, state-of-the-art services we provide for gynecologic oncology in the Sacramento region, Find a Doctor at a Dignity Health location near you.
Gynecological Cancer Causes
While experts don’t yet fully know what causes gynecological cancers, they do understand the risk factors for each type.
Risk factors for gynecological cancer include:
- Older age
- Exposure to high levels of estrogen (with or without progesterone)
- Family history of cancer
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Talk with your doctor about your risk factors, prevention methods, and recommended screenings. Knowing your risk factors and the symptoms of specific gynecological cancers will help you and your doctor identify and address a potential problem.
Gynecological Cancer Symptoms
The type of symptoms you may experience from gynecological cancers depend on the specific type and the location.
Generally, symptoms of gynecological cancer include:
- Abdominal or back pain
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge
- Changes in urination or bowel movement habits
- Pelvic pain or pressure
Vulvar cancer can cause burning, itching, or skin or color changes in the vulva.
Advanced Gynecological Cancer Treatment at Dignity Health
Treatment for gynecological cancer will be performed at a Dignity Health hospital or outpatient clinic. We use the latest technologies and methods to ensure that you are getting the best possible care.
Your treatment will vary, depending on the type of cancer, but may include:
- Chemotherapy drugs to kill cancer cells or stop their growth
- Hormone therapy to lower hormone levels or block their actions
- Radiation therapy to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors
- Surgery to remove the tumor or organ
- Targeted therapy to destroy cancer by using markers present only on cancer cells
Speak with your experienced doctor or nurse navigator at Dignity Health to learn more about the benefits, goals, and side effects of each cancer treatment.
As part of our commitment to your overall health and well-being, Dignity Health provides complete gynecological oncology in Sacramento, CA and the surrounding areas for women of all ages.