Gynecologic oncology (often called "gyn onc") is the medical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of cancers that affect a woman's reproductive system. These female reproductive cancers include ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, vaginal cancer and vulvar cancer, along with other types of cancer that may have started elsewhere and traveled to these organs. Gynecologic oncologists complete specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology before moving on to fulfill the sub-specialty education and training requirements for gynecologic oncology.
Gynecologic oncologists are expert surgeons trained to use advanced technology to perform minimally invasive procedures in the complex and sensitive tissues of a woman's reproductive system. They also treat non-cancerous gynecologic problems that require complex surgery.
At Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare, our gynecologic oncology practice provides compassionate, patient-centered cancer care, surgery and post-operative care. We help women at high risk for gynecologic cancer to understand their genetic counseling results and to make decisions that are right for them. From the selection and training of our office staff to follow-up care after surgery, our goal is to ensure that every woman receives optimal treatment that delivers the best possible odds of a good outcome.
Our fellowship-trained physicians specialize in minimally invasive robotic surgery, using state-of-the-art technology to provide the most advanced care. A minimally invasive approach isn't necessarily the best for every patient and every situation, but it can offer important advantages. These include less bleeding, less pain, a lower risk of complications, faster healing and a quicker recovery.
As is true with many forms of cancer, gynecological cancer can often be treated effectively—sometimes even cured—when caught early. In conjunction with Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare's cancer program, our Tri-Valley patients have access to fully integrated services, including radiation therapy and hematology, and a wide range of support groups and patient and family resources, as well as a direct connection to the resources of the Stanford Cancer Institute.
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Robotic-Assisted Gynecologic Surgery at Stanford-Health Care
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