If you've been diagnosed with gynecologic cancer, you may be concerned about your future, how you will feel during treatment, your fertility, and your sexuality. At NewYork-Presbyterian, we provide seamless, state-of-the-art care for women with gynecologic cancers — including those of the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, vagina and vulva — in a serene and compassionate environment. Our teams provide highly specialized care for major gynecologic tumors as well as expertise in rare gynecologic cancers, including carcinosarcomas, leiomyosarcomas, and malignant mixed Mullerian tumors. We have a history of discovery and leadership in the gynecologic cancer prevention and care.
World-Recognized Leaders in Cancer Care
We are home to two of the nation's leading cancer centers: the National Cancer Institute-designated Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center of New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center (one of only four comprehensive cancer centers in New York State) and the Weill Cornell Medicine Meyer Cancer Center in Partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian.
A Team of Gynecologic Cancer Specialists
We'll put together a team of gynecologic oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, genetic specialists, oncology nurses and nurse practitioners, psychosocial support specialists, and other experts to care for you. They are accomplished, caring specialists who have a longstanding commitment to women's health. Our teams also work with colleagues in other specialties, including breast oncologists and surgeons and gastroenterologists, to evaluate women with genetic mutations that raise the risk of gynecologic cancers.
From screening to diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care, we provide the full range of services for gynecologic cancers. Some women with gynecologic cancers are at increased risk for breast cancer. You'll have facilitated access to our renowned breast centers, which offer coordinated care for women with or at risk for breast cancer.
If you have an increased risk of ovarian cancer because of a family history of the disease, you can consult with a genetic counselor and undergo genetic testing (for example, screening for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations or Lynch syndrome). If you have such a mutation, we'll offer you several options to greatly decrease your risk of developing ovarian and fallopian tube cancer.
As leaders in precision medicine, we are working to tailor personalized treatment strategies for women with gynecologic cancers based on the specific genetic abnormalities in their cancers. We analyze gynecologic tumors for genetic mutations and select therapies that target the molecular pathways that those mutations use to drive cancer growth.
Our therapies for women with gynecologic cancers are based on the findings of the latest medical research.
- Surgery. If you need surgery, we take a minimally invasive approach whenever possible. You may have a laparoscopy, which can sometimes be performed as an outpatient procedure and which is associated with smaller incisions, less blood loss, and a shorter recovery time than open abdominal surgery. If you have endometrial or cervical cancer and you need a hysterectomy, you may be able to have the operation using robotic surgery, which our surgeons are exceptionally skilled at performing. Our gynecology team also includes urogynecology surgeons with advanced training in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, should you need it.
- Chemotherapy. We provide the latest anticancer drugs and drug combinations designed to slow, stop, or shrink your cancer. Intraperitoneal chemotherapy is offered for women who may benefit from such chemotherapy delivered directly into the abdomen or pelvis.
- Targeted therapies. We may be able to offer you a treatment that targets the abnormal molecules driving the growth of your cancer. Precision medicine — tailoring treatment to the biology of your tumor — is a strength of NewYork-Presbyterian and enables us to offer targeted therapies for some gynecologic cancers, such as PARP inhibitors for some women with advanced ovarian cancer.
- Radiation therapy. If your cancer can be treated with radiation therapy, we offer external beam radiation therapy, in which radiation beams are finely targeted to your tumor, sparing as much nearby healthy tissue as possible. You can receive these treatments in our state-of-the-art radiation therapy centers.
Clinical Trials for Gynecologic Cancers
We belong to the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), which promotes excellence in the field of gynecologic cancer research. Many of the therapies used to treat gynecologic cancers today were evaluated through GOG clinical trials. We also offer other clinical trials. You may have the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial of a promising new therapy.
Support for You and Your Family
We understand that a diagnosis of cancer can be challenging for you as well as your loved ones. That's why we offer a full range of psychosocial and other support services for women with gynecologic cancers and their families. Through Woman to Woman, patients newly diagnosed with gynecologic cancer may be paired with a survivor of the same or similar cancer, which provides one-on-one emotional support and guidance about treatment and what to expect in the years ahead.
A Commitment to Fertility Preservation
If you wish to become pregnant after your treatment is over, we try to use therapies that spare your fertility whenever possible. We can collaborate with infertility specialists to review your fertility preservation options. Embryo freezing and egg freezing are sometimes available before you begin your cancer treatment, and in vitro fertilization afterward.
Specialists and Subspecialists in Every Area
NewYork-Presbyterian is known throughout the world as a leading provider of health care. As a major medical center, we can address all of your healthcare needs, such as co-existing conditions like heart disease and diabetes, and connect you with the specialists you need to meet those needs.