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Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple University Hospital

Gynecologic Cancer Program

Every woman is at risk for gynecologic cancer. At Temple, our focus is on preventing, detecting and successfully treating gynecologic cancer for women in all stages of life.

Gynecological cancer is the term for the types of cancer in a woman's reproductive system. Included are cancers of the uterus, cervix, endometrial lining, ovaries, fallopian tubes, vagina, vulva and cancers of abnormal pregnancies (known as trophoblastic tumors). It's estimated that more than 100,000 women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancer annually. But more screenings are leading to early detection, and research is providing more advances in treatment than ever before.

Conditions Treated

Treatment Options

No cancer is routine and neither is how it impacts your life. You may be considering starting a family or juggling care for growing teens and aging parents and worry how cancer and treatment will affect your life — now and in the future. We're focused on helping you live out your hopes and dreams at every stage of life. That's why our gynecologic cancer specialists use their expertise, the latest technology and advanced treatments to fight your cancer with everything we've got.

Our team develops a personalized treatment plan based on what's right for you and most effective in treating your cancer. The type of cancer you have, its size, stage, location, genetic make-up, along with your overall health, are all factors they consider. Treatment can include one or a combination of options, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted drug therapies that block the growth and spread of cancer.

You have one of the region's top programs here in the Philadelphia area, offering state-of-the-art imaging, minimally invasive surgeries (including robotic surgery), innovative nonsurgical treatments and access to cutting-edge clinical trials.

Treatment options include:

Support From Diagnosis Through Recovery

Fighting gynecologic cancer is challenging. Worries and fears about the physical and emotional impact of cancer and treatment, such as the effects on your ability to work and care for your family and your finances, along with unknowns about the future are real. That's why we provide resources every step of the way to give you the support you need. Support services include:

American Cancer Society (ACS) Patient Navigator

This cancer specialist helps patients, family members and caregivers navigate the many services required during cancer diagnosis and treatment. The navigator helps during all stages of the cancer experience, from prevention to diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. They also provide cancer-related information, resources and referrals, and help with scheduling, transportation and support services.

Psychosocial support

Social workers and other support staff provide services and referrals to community resources to help with the non-medical effects of cancer, including coping with illness, family and relationship concerns, employment issues, and financial or insurance needs.

Support groups

Monthly cancer support groups help you and your family connect with people who are facing the same challenges. Included in the groups offered are a Latino support group presented in Spanish by bilingual healthcare professionals, art therapy support group and “Look Good Feel Better”, an American Cancer Society support group offered in English and Spanish that provides women with tools to deal with the side effects of cancer.

Oncology-certified dietician

A dietitian specializing in cancer works one-on-one with patients, families and caregivers to determine which foods the patient can eat, how to develop good habits, and how to make good nutritional choices to control their care and health.

Transportation assistance

Social workers can provide referrals to resources for transportation to treatment and appointments.

Cancer Support Community partnership

Fox Chase at Temple University Hospital is a satellite location for the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia. This partnership provides additional support groups and services for Temple’s patients, their families, and the surrounding community.

Gynecologic Cancer Specialists Focused on You

When you choose our Gynecologic Cancer Program, you're choosing the combined expertise and resources of two of the Philadelphia area’s most respected healthcare providers, Temple Health and Fox Chase Cancer Center. Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of only 51 U.S. hospitals designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute and Temple University Hospital is one of the region's top academic medical centers.

Our team of specialists includes:

  • Board-certified gynecologic oncologists

  • Radiation oncologists

  • Radiologists

  • Pathologists

  • Specialty-trained anesthesiologists

  • Oncologic-certified nurses

The team works together, contributing their experience and expertise to develop a personalized treatment plan based on your cancer and your needs.

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