Gynecologic cancer centers in Virginia
The Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Virginia hospitals provides care for a range of gynecologic cancers including cervical, endometrial, ovarian and uterine cancers. Our hospitals' expert oncology teams offer advanced treatment options and designated gynecologic oncology nurse navigators who will be supporting you throughout your cancer journey.
For more information about cancer diagnostics, treatments and other services, call askSARAH at (804) 591-4152.
Comprehensive gynecologic cancer care
Gynecologic cancer is a cancer that begins in a woman's reproductive organs. This type of cancer can develop in different places within a woman's pelvis, the area below the stomach and in between the hip bones.
At HCA Virginia, we recognize the importance of treating not only your disease but you as an individual. Our goal is to work together to restore your quality of life through effective treatment options and provide you with the cancer support services you need on your journey to recovery.
Our multidisciplinary cancer care team focuses on quality and personalized care with the goal for each patient to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
As part of our comprehensive oncology program, we:
- Offer access to national clinical research trials and leading-edge therapies
- Participate in dedicated multispecialty gynecologic cancer conferences to discuss individual patient cases and determine the most effective treatment as quickly as possible
- Provide genetic assessment, counseling and testing for patients who have certain kinds of gynecologic cancer or concerns about their personal and/or family history of cancer
- Specialize in minimally invasive robotic surgery, which offers access to hard-to-reach areas (such as those in the female reproductive system) and allows complex surgeries to be performed through a few small incisions
Gynecologic cancer screening
Early detection is the key to effective treatment of gynecologic cancer. Gynecologic cancer screening starts with your annual pelvic exam at your doctor’s office. During this exam, your doctor may complete a Pap smear and human papillomavirus (HPV) test. Speak with your gynecologist or primary care physician about your risk and screenings/examinations for gynecological cancer.
Discussing any abdominal pain or urinary issues can help your physician determine if additional tests are needed to screen for other gynecological cancers, such as ovarian cancer.
Specialized gynecologic cancer program and resources
At Virginia Gynecologic Oncology at Henrico Doctors' Hospital and Johnston-Willis Hospital we provide a uniquely concentrated program designed for quickly and efficiently diagnosing and treating gynecologic cancers. Here, our complete cancer care includes the latest treatments and technologies, such as robotic surgery. Additionally, our patients have access to our on-campus American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center. This is a dedicated location where you can use written materials and computer access to further research your disease and treatment plan.
Gynecologic cancers we treat
Our gynecologic oncologists provide expert care for women with gynecologic cancers, including:
- Cervical cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Uterine cancer (also referred to as endometrial cancer)
Cervical cancer occurs in the cells of the cervix—the lower, narrow part of the uterus that connects the uterus to the vagina. According to the American Cancer Society, cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer-related deaths in American women. However, with the increased use of the Pap smear, more doctors are able to find changes in the cervix before cancer develops.
Learning about the risk factors and symptoms of cervical cancer can also help your doctor identify this cancer in it's earlier stages. Remember, regular testing allows for early detection of cell changes, providing more time to treat diseased cells before cancer develops.
The female reproductive system consists of two ovaries, one on each side of the uterus. Ovaries produce eggs and the estrogen and progesterone hormones in women. Ovarian tumors can form in various places within an ovary and include:
- Epithelial tumors—begin in the thin layer of tissue that covers the outside of the ovaries
- Germ cell tumors—form in the egg-producing cells
- Stromal tumors—originate in the ovarian tissue that contains hormone-producing cells
Knowing the risk factors and signs of ovarian cancer—many of which occur even in the earlier stages of the disease—can allow you to seek diagnosis and treatment sooner.
Uterine cancer, also referred to as uterine sarcoma, is a rare cancer that begins in the muscles and supporting tissues of the uterus. Although doctors are unsure what causes uterine sarcomas, certain risk factors and symptoms of uterine cancer have been identified. Learning these can help you know when to talk to your doctor and seek treatment.
Gynecologic cancer treatment options
Whatever your course of cancer treatment involves, our gynecologic oncologists are here to care for you. Our team will develop a personalized approach to care to provide you the most effective possible outcome for your type of cancer. Your treatment plan will most likely include one or more of the following:
Gynecologic cancer surgery
When surgery is required, our surgeons will guide you through the process of determining the least invasive and most effective gynecologic cancer treatment options. We use innovative surgical techniques and robotic surgery to treat many types of cancer. This minimally invasive, advanced technology offers many benefits to patients, including:
- Less blood loss
- Quicker recovery
- Reduced pain
- Reduced scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Smaller incisions
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.
Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (804) 591-4152 or chat online at askSARAH.