Female Cancers Below the Belt
Gynecologic Oncology is a sub-specialty within the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology established and dedicated solely to caring for the unique set of cancers that occur only in women. Our primary focus is the diagnosis and treatment management of reproductive cancers which include malignancies of the ovaries, uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva. Our physicians are experts in gynecologic oncology surgeries, including minimally invasive robotic surgery, and in the administration and management of chemotherapy for gynecologic cancers.
Cancer of the ovary is a disease that affects one or both ovaries, the two glands on either side of the uterus. Certain risk factors are associated with ovarian cancer. The following factors have been shown to increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer.
- Age older than 55 years
- Family history of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus)
- Personal history of breast cancer
- Never having had children
If you have any of the following symptoms, and they do not go away, are frequent, or get worse over time, you should contact your health care provider:
- Bloating or an increase in abdominal size
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly