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Why choose us for gynecologic cancer care?  

BJC HealthCare works with Washington University physicians, BJC Medical Group, and providers across the region to deliver extraordinary care. Siteman Cancer Center and the Missouri Baptist Cancer Center are two programs accessible through BJC HealthCare. Gynecologic cancer isn’t just one disease. It is several different kinds of cancer, all of which require a high level of expertise to treat. We have gynecologic oncologists who specialize in each of these unique types of cancer. That means expert care for you when you need it most.

When you to come to us for gynecologic cancer treatment, you can expect:  

  • Nationally recognized expertise: Siteman Cancer Center provides access to superior care close to home. Siteman is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 cancer centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.  
  • A team of specialists: You want to receive care from a team that specializes in gynecologic cancer. We have expert pathologists, radiologists, oncologists and surgeons who diagnose and treat only gynecologic cancer — a focus that allows us to provide expert care.  
  • Innovative treatments: We offer many groundbreaking therapies to treat all types of gynecologic cancers. These include minimally invasive robotic surgery and brachytherapy that delivers precision doses of radiation from inside your vagina or uterus.  
  • Research and clinical trials: Our doctors are at the forefront of new discoveries for treating gynecologic cancers. They participate in numerous clinical trials to test emerging therapies. That means you have access to the latest medicines, techniques and technology — often before they’re widely available.  
  • Genetic testing and counseling: Many gynecologic cancers run in families. If you have a family history, our genetic testing can help you understand your risk. Genetic testing of tumors can also guide your treatment plan.  
  • Fertility preservation options: Treatments for gynecologic cancer can sometimes impact your ability to get pregnant. If you’re concerned about fertility, we can help you freeze eggs or embryos prior to treatment.  
  • Support throughout treatment and beyond: Going through gynecologic cancer treatment can take a physical and emotional toll. We understand the challenges you’re facing. Our cancer support services team is here to provide all the support you need, from nutritional counseling to art, music and massage therapy. 
What is gynecologic cancer?  

Gynecologic cancer refers to any type of cancer that affects the female reproductive system. These cancerous cells can form and multiply in different parts of your reproductive system.  

The type of gynecologic cancer depends on where the cancer starts. Gynecologic cancers include:

  • Endometrial cancer (begins in the endometrial cells lining your uterus)

  • Ovarian cancer

  • Cervical cancer

  • Vulvar cancer

  • Vaginal cancer

  • Fallopian tube cancer  

How is gynecologic cancer diagnosed?  

We can detect some types of gynecologic cancer during routine screenings, such as a Pap smear. Others are harder to diagnose because they may not cause symptoms until more advanced stages.  

We use the most advanced screening tools and techniques to accurately diagnose all types of gynecologic cancers. By finding and treating cancer at the earliest possible stage, we can improve your care and reduce the impact of cancer on your quality of life.  

Testing for gynecologic cancers may include:

  • Pap smear

  • Colposcopy

  • Endoscopy

  • Imaging tests, including MRI, ultrasound, CT and PET scans 
How is gynecologic cancer treated?  

Treatment for gynecologic cancer is as unique as the conditions themselves. That’s why we create a personalized treatment plan just for you. Our goal is to customize an approach that effectively treats the disease while reducing your negative side effects.  

We specialize in gynecologic cancer treatments that spare your fertility and maximize your quality of life. 

Depending on the type of gynecologic cancer you have, treatment may include: 

  • Our cancer centers provide the latest, most effective chemotherapy and medical oncology treatments with a personalized, compassionate approach.
  • Our radiation oncology team features board-certified radiation oncologists, physicists and cancer biologists who specialize in the latest radiation therapies.
  • Targeted drug therapy
    This type of treatment uses medicines that zero in on the specific changes in cancer cells or in nearby tissues that cause the cancer to grow and spread.
  • Hormone therapy
    A treatment that can slow or stop cancers that use hormones to grow.
  • Our immunotherapy team is knowledgeable in the latest immunotherapy options to treat cancer. We use advanced genetics to tailor your treatment.
  • Our surgical oncology team includes board-certified surgeons who specialize in diagnosing and treating cancer. We provide minimally invasive and robotic options.
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