Gynecologic Cancer Care in Northwest Indiana

Gynecologic cancers are specific to women’s reproductive organs. They are often detected by a gynecologist but not usually treated by one. A gynecologic oncologist is a specialist in these types of cancer and, in some cases, also performs the surgery, if needed.

Discussing your options with a cancer specialist is important to be informed about all of your options for treatment. At Northwest Cancer Centers, our gynecologic oncologists work with each patient to recommend a personalized treatment plan.

Gynecologic cancers include cervical, ovarian, vaginal, vulvar, and uterine/endometrial cancer. Each of these cancers is different, with distinct causes, risk factors, and treatment options.

However, across all gynecologic cancers, treatment is most effective when the cancer is found early. Learn more about the three most common types of female cancers, including possible treatments.

Common Types of Gynecological Cancers

Ovarian Cancer

This disease forms in or on the tissues of the ovaries (reproductive glands that produce eggs). Ovarian epithelial cancer is the most common type of ovarian cancer. 

Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is a type of gynecologic cancer that occurs in the cells of a woman’s cervix. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina.

Endometrial Cancer

Endometrial cancer also referred to as uterine cancer, forms in the tissue that lines the uterus. Out of all gynecological cancers, it is the one that is most frequently diagnosed.

Less Common Types of Gynecological Cancers

Vaginal Cancer

Cancers that begin in the vagina are called vaginal cancer. Most vaginal cancers are caused by certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV).

Vulvar Cancer

Occurs on the vulva, the external part of the female genitals, including the clitoris, the vaginal lips, the opening to the vagina, and the surrounding skin and tissue.

Gestational Trophoblastic Tumor

Also known as GTD; it’s a rare form of gynecologic cancer that causes tumors to form in the tissues of the uterus that surrounds an egg (the placenta) after its fertilized.

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What to Expect if You Were Diagnosed With a Gynecologic Cancer

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with a type of gynecologic cancer, the first step is to schedule a consultation with a gynecologic oncologist. A gynecologic oncologist specializes in the treatment of cancers in the female reproductive system. If you live in the northwest Indiana region, we offer gynecologic oncology appointments in Crown Point, Dyer, Hobart, Michigan City, and Valparaiso. The goal of this first appointment with an oncologist is to assess your type of cancer and create an individualized treatment plan for you.

Before your appointment, our cancer care team will review the medical records to understand your needs. When meeting with a gynecologic oncologist at Northwest Cancer Centers, you will learn more about the type of cancer, if surgery is needed, and the type(s) of treatment to expect.

Find Gynecologic Cancer Treatment in Northwest Indiana

The oncologists at Northwest Cancer Centers work together as a team to provide the latest in gynecologic cancer care. This includes a team of gynecologic oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and other cancer care experts who will guide you on your treatment journey.
We also offer second opinions on diagnosis and treatment plans for all types of gynecologic cancers. Take the time to evaluate your options and choose the cancer care team you feel most comfortable with.