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Gynecologic cancers comprise any type of cancer that originates in a woman’s reproductive organs. These cancers include cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar. Errant cells begin to form in these organs, develop into tumors and prohibit the growth of normal functioning cells. Cervical cancer is the only gynecological cancer that can be diagnosed with a screening test. The Pap test is an early screening method that can identify cancer in its early stages when treatment is the most effective.
By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help to support vital research and treatment in the realm of gynecologic cancers at Northwestern Medicine. board-certified specialists at Northwestern Medicine are advancing research and clinical trials to more proactively diagnose gynecological cancers and develop new and increasingly effective treatment programs.
Board-certified physicians at Northwestern Medicine have identified a host of risk factors associated with gynecological cancers. Some of these risk factors can be mitigated through lifestyle choices, but others are generally beyond our control. Some of these risk factors include starting age of menstruation, diabetes, estrogen therapy, old age, smoking, history of breast cancer, HPV infection, high-fat diets and pelvic exposure to radiation.
Each of these types of gynecological cancers have varying symptoms. Like all cancers, the earlier cancerous cells, or tumors, are identified, the more effective the treatment programs can be. These symptoms, for specific cancer types, can include:
- Cervical Cancer: Abnormal discharge or vaginal bleeding.
- Ovarian Cancer: Feeling bloated, pelvic pain or pressure, frequent urination, back pain, changes in skin, development of sores or rashes.
- Uterine Cancer: Pelvic pressure or pain, abnormal discharge or vagina bleeding
- Vaginal Cancer: Frequent urination or constipation, abnormal discharge or vaginal bleeding.
- Vulvar Cancer: Tenderness of the vulva, changes in vulva skin color, rashes or skin sores.
Each of these symptoms alone need not constitute the presence of gynecological cancer. However, it is strongly recommended to seek a full examination by your gynecologist to rule out cancer. A host of diagnostic options are available for patients at Northwestern Medicine. These include ultrasounds, CT scans and MRIs. Other screening options include colposcopy, D&C, LEEP, biopsy as well as blood tests.
Custom treatment programs are initiated for your specific type of cancer, its stage, your age and health. These treatment options can include surgery to remove the cancerous cells, radiation therapy and chemotherapy as well as hormone therapy and participation in clinical trials.
Gynecologic Cancers Research, Patient Care and Education Donation
Please consider making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation to advance research and clinical trials aimed at developing new diagnostic and treatment options for women affected by gynecological cancers.