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Gynecologic Cancer

As a woman, you have a lifetime of experience paying attention to your body. When normal changes seem more like symptoms of something serious, it’s time to talk to your doctor.

Gynecologic cancers encompass all cancers of the female reproductive organs, including:

  • Cervix
  • Ovaries
  • Uterus
  • Vagina


Routine gynecological exams and Pap smears performed by an obstetrician-gynecologist or certified nurse midwife can help detect gynecological cancers early before symptoms appear. Talk to your health care provider about how often you should have these exams.

Early Warning Signs

Changes in these organs, such as unusual bleeding or pain, could indicate possible cancer. The early warning signs of gynecological cancer can be easy to miss, but if you frequently experience any of these, you should talk to your health care provider about a screening:

  • Back pain
  • Belly bloating
  • Pain in the lower abdomen/pelvis
  • Painful sex
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, loss of appetite, or feeling of fullness
  • Constipation or increased gas
  • Urinary symptoms
  • Excessive hair growth that is coarse or dark


Customized Cancer Treatment

At the Baystate Regional Cancer Program, our gynecologic oncologists work closely with radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and pathologists for a multidisciplinary approach focused on your specific needs. Our comprehensive care includes:

  • Counseling
  • Diagnosis
  • Medical treatment/chemotherapy
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Robot-assisted surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Support services

Through our affiliation with the Gynecologic Oncology Group, you have access to national clinical trials, an important aspect of any gynecologic oncology program. Our experts will let you know if a research study might be an option for you.

We are dedicated to providing you with the best treatment options so you can get back to doing what you love.

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