The Gynecologic Oncology department at the Cancer Center at Northeast Georgia Medical Center offers the latest, state-of-the-art treatment for the following:
- Pre-cancerous conditions of the cervix, vulva and vagina
- Carcinoma of the uterus, ovaries, cervix, vagina, vulva
- Other gynecologic diseases
Fully trained in obstetrics and gynecology, our gynecologic oncologists also have further training in oncology, chemotherapy and pelvic surgery.
The gynecologic oncologists manage the patient’s surgery and chemotherapy treatment, while working closely with other specialists to ensure the patient has the highest quality medical care. A team approach includes:
- Care by oncology certified nurses
- Access to specialized oncology nutritionist
- Access to specialized oncology licensed social worker
- Cancer research clinical trials and protocols
- Coordination of care with radiation oncologists
The Gynecological Oncology department provides a wide range of services to ensure each patient receives the most comprehensive care.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery is performed through small incisions. Using specialized techniques, miniature cameras, tiny fiber-optic flashlights and high definition monitors, the entire operation requires only a stitch or two to close. This allows the patient to recover quickly with less pain and blood loss.
Surgeons can also use the da Vinci Surgical System to perform a minimally invasive surgery on women who would normally require an open procedure, giving them the benefits of quicker recovery, fewer complications and reduced pain.
In certain procedures, robotic surgery allows for a more aggressive cancer surgery in a minimally invasive manner with outcomes equivalent to open procedures.
Laser surgery uses energy output from a high powered light source to vaporize cancerous cells. This is optimal for cosmetics; the technique results in very little scaring.
Intraperitoneal (IP) Chemotherapy
Research shows that ovarian cancer patients who receive IP Chemotherapy have a longer life expectancy. This leading edge chemotherapy technique is performed by giving chemotherapy directly into the abdomen.
Radical trachelectomy is a new fertility preservation option offered at NGMC for cervical cancer patients. It is a complex surgical procedure that removes the cervix; parametrium, or the tissue adjacent to the cervix; pelvic lymph nodes; and a portion of the vagina, then connects the uterus to the vagina. A cerclage is also performed, which is a procedure that involves sewing the opening of the uterus closed to prevent preterm labor if a patient does become pregnant.
Click here to learn more about this procedure.
Clinical Trials and Protocols
Through an association with the largest group of Gynecological Oncologists in the United States, Northeast Georgia Medical Center has access to a variety of research trials and protocols in chemotherapy and surgical treatments. Offering clinical trials to patients provides the very latest and best treatment options available, significantly improving the care of cancer patients. Click here for a list of current clinical trials.
For more information about gynecologic oncology services available at the Cancer Center, call 770-219-8800. For contact information on the gynecological oncologist practice at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, click below.