West Cancer Center & Research Institute is positioned as the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research. Our team at West offers an unparalleled Gynecologic Cancer treatment plan for patients across the Mid South who have been diagnosed with Cervical, Endometrial or Ovarian Cancer–from Screening to Survivorship- to provide your patients with the most individualized care possible.

Cervical Cancer Diagnostics

BIOPSY

a sample of tissue is removed for examination and to determine a diagnosis.

COLPOSCOPY

A colposcopy is a procedure done during a pelvic exam with the aid of a colposcope, which is like a microscope. By using acetic acid on the cervix and examining it with a colposcope, your provider can look for abnormal areas of your cervix. Then, the most abnormal areas can be biopsied.

CT (COMPUTERIZED TOMOGRAPHY) SCAN

Combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around your body and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images (slices) of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body. CT scan images provide more-detailed information than plain X-rays do.

CYSTOSCOPY

A Cystoscopy is done using a thin, hollow, lighted instrument called a cystoscope. Your doctor will insert the cystoscope into your urethra and slowly move it into your bladder. Small surgical instruments can be inserted through the cystoscope to remove samples of tissue for a biopsy, stones, or small growths.

FIREFLY TECHNOLOGY

Firefly Technology is advanced software used during surgical procedures for endometrial cancer patients to identify the sentinel left node (main lymph node) that drains the uterus. This process helps diagnose more patients with microscopic metastasis to the nodes than typically would be done without the Firefly technology. This digital imaging process involves staining the nodes with a dye called lndocyanine Green which lights up the nodes with a green hue, allowing our surgeons to trace and stage those specific lymph nodes, which more often results in positive tests.

MRI (MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING)

An MRI is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body. Most MRI machines are large, tube-shaped magnets. When you lie inside an MRI machine, the magnetic field temporarily realigns hydrogen atoms in your body.

PAP TEST

Typically part of your annual gynecologic examination, a pap test swabs the vagina and cervix for cells for examination.

PELVIC EXAM

The uterus, vagina, bladder, and the rectum are examined by a physician for lumps and abnormal sizes.

PET(POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY) SCAN

A PET Scan is an imaging test that helps reveal how your tissues and organs are functioning. A PET scan uses a radioactive drug (tracer) to show this activity. This scan can sometimes detect disease before it shows up on other imaging tests.

PROCTOSIGMOIDOSCOPY

A Proctosigmoidoscopy is an examination of the lower colon using a sigmoidoscope, inserted into the rectum. A sigmoidoscope is a thin, tube-like instrument with a light and a lens for viewing.

SENTINEL LYMPH NODE BIOPSY

A Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy is performed to determine if cancer cells have spread to your lymph nodes. This minimally invasive procedure removes the main (sentinel) lymph node to test for cancer

SURGERY

Surgery can be necessary if your doctor can’t be certain of your diagnosis until you undergo surgery to have tissue removed and tested for signs of cancer.

Cervical Cancer Treatments

CHEMOTHERAPY

A drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy may be used with radiation therapy to treat cervical cancer.

CONIZATION

A surgical procedure where a cone-shaped sample of tissue is removed from the cervical canal. This is often used as the primary treatment of precancerous cervical cancer.

CRYOSURGERY

A surgical procedure used for pre-invasive cancer where cancer cells are frozen with a metal probe that has been cooled with liquid nitrogen.

HYSTERECTOMY

A surgical procedure that includes the removal of all or parts of the affected uterus.

LAPAROTOMY

Typically the first phase of treatment for ovarian cancer, a laparotomy is a surgical procedure that allows for exploration of the abdomen and removal of as much of the cancer within the abdomen and pelvis area as possible. This procedure helps to diagnose and stage the cancer to determine additional therapy needed.

LASER SURGERY

A surgical procedure used for pre-invasive cancer that uses laser beams to burn off abnormal cells. The laser may also be used for tissue removal for biopsy.

PELVIC EXTERNATION

A surgical procedure often used for recurrent cervical cancer, this procedure includes the removal of the uterus, upper vagina and lymph nodes, along with the removal of the bladder, rectum and small parts of the colon.

RADIATIONTHERAPY

This therapy is often used in the treatment of cervical cancer to destroy tumor cells and minimize damage to surrounding healthy tissue. To learn more about Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center, click here.

RADICAL HYSTERECTOMY

A surgical procedure that involves the removal of the entire uterus, including the cervix, upper vagina and affected lymph nodes.

ROBOTIC SURGERY

A minimally invasive options where smaller, precise incisions are made which decrease recovery times to 1-2 weeks and improves our patient’s quality of life.

Endometrial Cancer Diagnosis

BIOPSY

A sample of tissue is removed for examination and to determine a diagnosis.

CT(COMPUTERIZED TOMOGRAPHY) SCAN

A CT Scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around your body and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images (slices) of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body. CT scan images provide more-detailed information than plain X-rays do.

CYSTOSCOPY

A Cystoscopy is done using a thin, hollow, lighted instrument called a cystoscope. Your doctor will insert the cystoscope into your urethra and slowly move it into your bladder. Small surgical instruments can be inserted through the cystoscope to remove samples of tissue for a biopsy, stones, or small growths.

FIREFLY TECHNOLOGY

Firefly Technology is advanced software used during surgical procedures for endometrial cancer patients to identify the sentinel left node (main lymph node) that drains the uterus. This process helps diagnose more patients with microscopic metastasis to the nodes than typically would be done without the Firefly technology. This digital imaging process involves staining the nodes with a dye called lndocyanine Green which lights up the nodes with a green hue, allowing our surgeons to trace and stage those specific lymph nodes, which more often results in positive tests.

PELVIC EXAM

The uterus, vagina, bladder, and the rectum are examined by a physician for lumps and abnormal sizes.

SENTINEL LYMPH NODE BIOPSY

A Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy is performed to determine if cancer cells have spread to your lymph nodes. This minimally invasive procedure removes the main (sentinel) lymph node to test for cancer

SURGERY

Surgery can be necessary if your doctor can’t be certain of your diagnosis until you undergo surgery to have tissue removed and tested for signs of cancer.

TRANSVAGINAL ULTRASOUND

An imaging test that uses sound waves to form images of the endometrium, which will allow the doctors to make a definite diagnosis.

Endometrial Cancer Treatments

Your endometrial cancer treatment plan will vary depending on multiple factors, including but not limited to your stage of diagnosis, as well as the location of your cancer. Your dedicated team of cancer experts will discuss your treatment options and plan with you, allowing you and your loved ones to consider all possible treatment options for your diagnosis.

Potential treatment options for your diagnosis included:

CHEMOTHERAPY

A drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy may be used with radiation therapy to treat cervical cancer.

HORMONAL THERAPY

This therapy involves the use of drugs or surgical procedures to suppress the production of or inhibit the effects of a hormone.

HYSTERECTOMY

A surgical procedure that includes the removal of all or parts of the affected uterus.

LAPAROTOMY

Typically the first phase of treatment for ovarian cancer, a laparotomy is a surgical procedure that allows for exploration of the abdomen and removal of as much of the cancer within the abdomen and pelvis area as possible. This procedure helps to diagnose and stage the cancer to determine additional therapy needed.

PELVIC EXTERNATION

A surgical procedure often used for recurrent cervical cancer, this procedure includes the removal of the uterus, upper vagina and lymph nodes, along with the removal of the bladder, rectum and small parts of the colon.

RADIATION THERAPY

This therapy is often used in the treatment of cervical cancer to destroy tumor cells and minimize damage to surrounding healthy tissue. To learn more about Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center, click here.

RADICAL HYSTERECTOMY

A surgical procedure that involves the removal of the entire uterus, including the cervix, upper vagina and affected lymph nodes.

ROBOTIC SURGERY

Minimally invasive options where smaller, precise incisions are made which decrease recovery times to 1-2 weeks and improves our patient’s quality of life.

SALPINGO-OOPHORECTOMY

A surgical procedure that includes the removal of both ovaries and both fallopian tubes.

Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis

A patient with ovarian cancer symptoms may have one or more of the following procedures to determine your diagnosis:

Biopsy

A sample of tissue is removed for examination and to determine a diagnosis.

CT(Computerized Tomography) Scan

A CT Scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around your body and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images (sh3ces) of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body. CT scan images prc exam: the uterus, vagina, bladder, and the rectum are examined by a physician for lumps and abnormal sizes.

Surgery

Surgery can be necessary if your doctor can’t be certain of your diagnosis until you undergo surgery to have tissue removed and tested for signs of cancer.

Transvaginal ultrasound

An imaging test that uses sound waves to form images of the endometrium, which will allow the doctors to make a definite diagnosis

Ovarian Cancer Treatment

CHEMOTHERAPY

A drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy may be used with radiation therapy to treat cervical cancer

HIPEC (HYPERTHERMIC LNTRAPERITONEAL CHEMOTHERAPY)

HIPEC is unlike systemic chemotherapy delivery by using highly concentrated, heated chemotherapy directly to the cancer cells in the abdomen. Not only is absorption of the chemotherapy improved, but higher doses can be applied with less collateral damage.

HORMONAL THERAPY

This therapy involves the use of drugs or surgical procedures to suppress the production of or inhibit the effects of a hormone.

HYSTERECTOMY

A surgical procedure that includes the removal of all or parts of the affected uterus.

LAPAROTOMY

Typically the first phase of treatment for ovarian cancer, a laparotomy is a surgical procedure that allows for exploration of the abdomen and removal of as much of the cancer within the abdomen and pelvis area as possible. This procedure helps to diagnose and stage the cancer to determine additional therapy needed.

RADICAL HYSTERECTOMY

A surgical procedure that involves the removal of the entire uterus, including the cervix, upper vagina and affected lymph nodes.

ROBOTIC SURGERY

Minimally invasive options where smaller, precise incisions are made which decrease recovery times to 1-2 weeks and improves our patient’s quality of life.

SALPINGO-OOPHORECTOMY

A surgical procedure that includes the removal of both ovaries and both fallopian tubes.

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