Gynecologic Oncology Overview
Gynecologic cancers: treatment advances benefit the whole woman and her family:
Women's cancers continue to become more curable as the options for diagnosis and treatment expand and improve. Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West Division of Gynecologic Oncology is on the forefront of these advances, utilizing each new development to provide women with state-of-the-art care and quality of life. Each member of the division's outstanding clinical team has highly advanced surgical expertise and the latest specialized knowledge of diagnostic and treatment options.
For the diagnosis and treatment of precancerous conditions, techniques such as colposcopy, LEEP and cryosurgery are utilized. For treatment of gynecologic malignancies, the options available include surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and radiation therapy, or a combination of these modalities.
In the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, minimally-invasive surgical staging and treatment for ovarian, cervical and endometrial cancer are continually being advanced. These are used in concert with state-of-the-art chemotherapy and radiation treatment to provide complete and effective care. In this way, women are avoiding conventional, open surgery even for many of the most serious cancers, thus achieving easier recovery and better quality of life along with comparable treatment success. For more, please see minimally-invasive surgery for women’s cancers.
The division's team includes an oncology nurse, with expertise in chemotherapy and related supportive care. We employ a multidisciplinary approach, in which our gynecologic oncologists collaborate with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and gynecological pathologists in a variety of efforts, including a tumor board and clinical research. We also collaborate with the gynecologic oncology divisions at other member hospitals of the Mount Sinai Health System.
Quality of life for our patients and their families is a major focus of our efforts. Psychological, spiritual, and social services and a pain control program are integrated into treatment plans according to patient preferences. In addition, genetic counseling and screening are available through the Family Risk Program for women at high risk of cancer. Considering all its attributes, the division of gynecologic oncology provides the most advanced, well-integrated and complete care available for women with gynecologic cancers.
The division also provides complex pelvic surgery to women with benign diseases when necessary.