The Benefit of a Fellowship-trained Gynecologist

Numerous documented studies have shown the benefits of having a gynecologic cancer treated by a fellowship-trained gynecologic oncologist, including:

  • Ovarian cancer mortality rates are reported to decrease by 25 percent when surgery is performed by a gynecologic oncologist compared to an obstetrician/gynecologist or general surgeon.
  • A gynecologic oncologist is 2.5 times more likely to accurately diagnosis the stage of gynecologic cancer and, in turn, develop a proper treatment plan.
  • Surgical therapy by a gynecologic oncologist for early cervical cancer may eliminate the need for postoperative radiation therapy and any associated side effects.

Your Cancer Team

Throughout your journey to wellness, you will be meeting with specialists in many different fields working together to provide you with the very best care possible. Coordination of your care occurs between members of this treatment team both individually, or as a group in meetings we call “Tumor Board”. Each week, HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Cancer Centers hosts meetings to allow our team to collaboratively develop individualized treatment plans to meet the precious needs of our patients. Surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, genetic counselors, radiologists, pathologists, clinical research professionals, nursing and other supportive staff all attend these tumor board meetings. All of these experts are sitting together, reviewing your history, pathology, and imaging studies and discussing the most appropriate treatment course. Between these meetings, this multidisciplinary team continues to work together one on one as needed, to meet the individual needs of their patients, according to a timeframe suitable to you.

You can be assured this team of skilled experts is working closely together to develop the best treatment plan possible to treat your cancer and to give you all treatment options available.