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What is Gynecologic Oncology

Gynecologic Oncology a specialized field of medicine that deals with the treatment of cancers in the female reproductive system, such as cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, vaginal cancer and vulvar cancer. There are many approaches used for treating cancers in the female reproductive system. These include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgery, targeted therapy, etc.

Who is a Gynecologic Oncologist?

Gynecologic oncologists are physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in female reproductive organs. They are well-versed in a variety of diagnostic techniques and management procedures such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery on reproductive organs. They also have the skills to perform medical procedures on non-reproductive organs affected by gynecologic cancer treatment.

Types of Cancers treated by Gynecologic Oncologist

Gynecologic Oncologists treat the following types of cancers: -

 

Duties of a Gynecologic Oncologist

A Gynecologic oncologist is responsible for the overall health and care of cancer patients. Their duties involve the following:

  • Perform physical evaluation and collect detailed medical history of the patient.
  • Educate the patients about the type of cancer, its diagnosis and stage. This involves giving a description about the cancer, where it is located, where it has spread and whether it is affecting other parts of the body or not.
  • Discuss all possible treatment options and recommend the best course of action.
  • Deliver high-quality care to the patients.
  • Help maintain the overall health of the patient by incorporating nutritional aspects and blood transfusions into a treatment plan, if need be.