Cancers We Treat Treating Gynecologic Cancer
CARING FOR THE WHOLE PERSON Treating Gynecologic Cancer
Having cancer is a life-changing experience for each individual patient, and their family and friends. At Baptist MD Anderson in Jacksonville, our patients receive care based on the same processes and standards as MD Anderson Cancer Center. Patients here in the Southeast benefit from our partnership with MD Anderson clinicians and researchers.
You and your team of specialists work together to choose a cancer treatment plan for you. Your plan is based on your overall health, the type of cancer, and your own preferences.
Together, we’re leading the local fight against cancer.
GYNECOLOGIC CANCER Common Treatments
At Baptist MD Anderson, we’re ready to fight for you every step of the way. As part of your treatment, you are assigned a nurse navigator. Our nurse navigators have specialized training in caring for patients with gynecologic cancer. Your navigator will be there to answer your questions and help you coordinate your appointments.
Your personalized treatment plan will be based on:
- The type, subtype and stage of your cancer
- Molecular, clinical and genetic features of the disease
- Your health history
- Your personal goals
Your treatment plan will be designed to improve your quality of life and reduce the risk that your cancer will return. One or more of the following therapies may be recommended to treat your cancer or help relieve symptoms.
Surgery is generally the first step in trying to remove as much cancer as possible. If cancer cells remain, they may grow and spread. To help ensure the cancerous cells are gone, the surgeon may remove a portion margin of healthy tissue around the cancer as well.
Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy drugs can be taken in pill form or through a vein. Chemotherapy may be used before surgery to shrink the tumor, making it easier to remove, or may be used after surgery to kill any cancer cells that might remain. It is sometimes combined with radiation therapy for aggressive cancers.
For people who can't undergo surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy may be used as a primary treatment.
Radiation therapy is performed by radiation oncologists with significant experience in treating patients with gynecologic cancer. Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams to kill cancer cells.
Targeted therapy is a type of treatment that uses drugs or other substances to attack cancer cells. These drugs using small molecules to block pathways cells use to survive and multiply.
EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS Clinical Trials at Baptist MD Anderson
At Baptist MD Anderson, we offer clinical trial studies for emerging and innovative therapies for gynecologic cancers. Through our collaboration with MD Anderson Cancer Network, our patients can access cutting edge treatments, new technologies and clinical trials. Together, we’re shaping the future of cancer care.
We offer select clinical trials with MD Anderson and multiple unique clinical trials from:
- Leading pharmaceutical companies
- The National Cancer Institute
- National Clinical Trials Network
- Private companies
- Individual physician investigator
A COMPLETE APPROACH TO CARE Your Multidisciplinary Team
Our patients benefit from an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach. That means your team is made up of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and other specialists who work together on your specific case.
As part of your treatment, you are also assigned a nurse navigator. Our nurses have specialized training in caring for patients with gynecologic cancer. Your nurse navigator will be there to answer your questions and help you coordinate your appointments.
OUR LOCATION Gynecologic Cancer Clinic
Within our specialized clinics we bring our team of experts together to care for your mind, body and spirit. Each of our clinics are singularly focused on your specific needs and treatment.
Need Directions? The gynecologic cancer clinic is located in the main Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center on Floor 7 of our cancer center.
For screening and prevention, services are located across the street:
WHAT TO EXPECT AT Your First Appointment
As a patient of Baptist MD Anderson, you will meet with your physician. Your oncologist will help you understand your diagnosis and develop your individualized care plan in collaboration with other specialists and experts.
When you arrive, one of our staff members will take your height, weight and vital signs. Your physician will also perform a pelvic exam. You may be asked to do some lab work before your visit. One of our providers will review your medical history, any recent side-effects you may have experienced and any medications you are currently taking.
FOR WHATEVER STEP IS NEXT, Baptist MD Anderson is Here for You
Wherever you are in your journey, we’re here to help you in your fight against cancer. Our team of experts can help you navigate the whirlwind of emotions and decisions through every aspect of your care.