UVA's 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.
Our 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.
We also offer research and clinical trials for a variety of gynecologic cancers through a partnership with the NRG, a nonprofit research organization.
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is a protocol we follow to help care for you before, during and after surgery. You're actively involved your own recovery process.
ERAS helps you:
- Recover sooner
- Leave the hospital faster
- Have fewer complications after surgery
What is ERAS?
Components of ERAS include:
- Pain management: We create a personalized pain management plan for you limit your opioid (narcotic) use.
- Early mobility and feeding: The sooner you’re eating and able to move normally, the sooner you can go home.
- Preoperative Gatorade: Drinking Gatorade prior to the operation will help your body get the energy it needs to be ready for surgery.
- Fluid management: We will only give you as much IV fluid as you need to prevent fluid overload and bloating after surgery.
Download the ERAS patient handbook for gynecology oncology surgery (PDF).
ERAS Patient Checklist
We will give you a checklist to track your surgery recovery progress. This will help you track, monitor and manage your recovery, allowing us to collaborate with you on finding what works best for your specific needs.
Innovative Treatment Methods
We continually test new drugs and chemotherapy methods. We offer intraperitoneal chemotherapy, where patients get chemotherapy inserted directly into their abdomen through a catheter.
This allows higher concentrations of chemotherapy for longer periods of time, which better targets cancer cells to improve your treatment outcomes.
Cancers We Treat
Cancers we treat include:
- Cervical cancer
- Endometrial cancer
- Gestational trophoblastic disease
- Ovarian cancer (germ cell)
- Uterine sarcoma
- Vaginal cancer
- Vulvar cancer
Our multidisciplinary team includes: surgeons, gynecologic pathologists, radiation oncologists, clinical research coordinators, oncology nurses and genetic counselors. These combined resources offer our patients personalized care during all phases 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 and how often they should be screened.
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 your personal history.