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UnityPoint Health - John Stoddard Cancer Center

Gynecologic Oncology Program

Gynecologic cancer is cancer of the female reproductive tract, including the cervix, endometrium, fallopian tubes, vulva, ovaries, uterus, and vagina. In the United States, approximately 80,000 women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancer and approximately 28,000 women die from the disease.

The coordinated gynecologic oncology services at John Stoddard Cancer Center give patients the tools to fight back. At Stoddard, we are committed to quality and will be here for you and your family through every step of your battle with gynecologic cancer. We use a multidisciplinary team approach bringing together the members of our gynecologic oncology treatment team to discuss the best practice for our patients to help ensure the best outcomes. Using our extensive experience dealing with every stage of this disease, our cutting-edge treatments, and vast resources, we will do everything we can to help.

Resources for Gynecologic Oncology patients at John Stoddard Cancer Center include:

  • Oncology Nurse Navigators who provide education, guidance, and support throughout each patient's journey and help access resources at Stoddard and in the community.
  • Physician specialists (medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, primary care providers) who meet with the entire care team to discuss treatment plans and coordination of care.
  • Radiation oncologists who employ state-of-the-art radiation therapy tools to treat colorectal cancer patients accurately and effectively.
  • Support services including social workers, psychologists, chaplains, and dietitians.
  • Genetic counseling which can help people gauge their risk for ovarian cancer. When results are "positive," patients can take more aggressive steps to control individual risk factors, which may include lifestyle modification, additional screening, careful monitoring and follow-up tests.
  • Survivorship Program to provide patients with the needed support following treatment. Our program focuses on the health and life of a person with cancer beyond the diagnosis and treatment phases