Certain kinds of cancer occur exclusively in the female reproductive system. Experts in this area, such as board-certified gynecologists and obstetricians, are trained to treat these types of malignancies and the special circumstances that surround them.
Cancers which can occur in the female reproductive system include cancer of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, vulva, vagina, uterus and cervix. Depending on the stage of the cancer, nearby lymph nodes and surrounding tissues may at times become infected. When cancers spread, more aggressive treatments are required.
Annual examinations such as Pap smears help reduce the risk of some cancers by detecting abnormal changes in tissue before it can spread.
Some cancers can be treated by removal of the infected tissue by means such as a hysterectomy or other surgical removal of the tumor. These treatments may be followed by forms of radiation and/or chemotherapy.
As frightening as a diagnosis of cancer may be, it does not need to stop life in its tracks. With advanced medical practices, cancer can be treated in many successful ways. Additional methods to preserve or maintain fertility have also advanced. Women today have a greater survival rate than ever before after a diagnosis of a female reproductive cancer.
Divine Savior Healthcare physicians are trained to deal with the entire scope of cancer, not just the physical findings. Emotional and spiritual aspects are taken into consideration as well, and you can be confident that we will do everything we can to ensure that you are fully cared for, not just treated.
Support groups, spiritual care and more are readily available to aid in your recovery.
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