Gynecologic Cancer Overview
At the Thornton Gynecologic Oncology Service at UVA, we treat cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, gestational trophoblastic disease, , ovarian cancer (germ cell), uterine sarcoma, vaginal cancer and vulvar cancer. We have the region’s only gynecologic focused multidisciplinary team, including surgeons, gynecologic pathologists, radiation oncologists, clinical research coordinators, oncology nurses and genetic counselors. These combined resources enable gynecologic cancer patients to receive personalized care during all phases of treatment.
Advancing Our Knowledge, Improving Care
Our robust gynecological cancer program serves thousands of women each year. We perform more than 700 operations annually, including minimally invasive and robotic surgeries that require fewer, smaller incisions. We offer leading clinical trials for a variety of gynecologic cancers through a partnership with the NRG, a nonprofit research organization. We are a leading center for the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of gynecological cancers.
New Research: Tampons Show Promise in Ovarian Cancer Screening October 20, 2014
Renowned Experts in the Field
Our division’s physicians are some of the nation’s top doctors in cancer and in gynecologic oncology and are widely recognized for their clinical and research expertise. They focus on research with laboratory and clinical trials to improve the outcomes and lives of women with gynecological cancers. Studies range from using gene and protein markers to identify ovarian cancer early to researching how obesity increases the risk and affects the outcome of gynecological cancers.
New Treatment Methods
We're also continually testing new drugs and chemotherapy methods. Our chemotherapy tests include intraperitoneal chemotherapy, where patients get chemotherapy inserted directly into the abdomen through a catheter. This allows higher concentrations of chemotherapy for longer periods of time, better targeting cancer cells and possibly improving the outcome of treatment.
For Women with a Family History
The High-Risk Breast & Ovarian Cancer Program, part of the UVA Breast Care Program, is designed to help women with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer find out their level of risk, how often they should be screened and more. This is one of the only programs in the region that offers such extensive preventative care, including genetic counseling and testing, referrals to outside clinics for screenings for other cancers that may be relevant to a particular patient.
"I am the definition of someone who is at high risk for cancer. My aunt died from ovarian cancer at age 51. My mom passed away from breast cancer at 48. So I knew there was no way for me to avoid this reality and pretend I wasn’t at risk. But rather than wait around for cancer to hit me like a ton of bricks, I decided to take action." Read more.