Gynecologic Cancer Program at OhioHealth
Every step of the way, we’re here for you providing the expertise and personalized care you need.
With an estimated 98,000 women diagnosed with cancer of the uterus, ovaries, cervix or vagina, the OhioHealth Gynecologic Cancer program provides comprehensive care for patients with these type cancers — from diagnosis to treatment and survivorship. Our team of experts specializes in all areas of gynecologic healthcare, adhering to best practice clinical standards, working together to analyze your specific case, and developing a personalized and most appropriate treatment plan.
Prevention and Early Detection of Gynecologic Cancer
Women should begin receiving gynecological pelvic exams and PAP smears at age 21 and every one-to-three years after three consecutive normal tests. Please consult with your patient to determine whether she needs gynecological screening and to help her identify a physician if you do not provide these services.
HPV Vaccine: A Cancer Preventive Measure
Sexually transmitted HPVs (human papillomaviruses) can cause cancer, depending on their type. According to the American Cancer Society, about a dozen high-risk HPV types have been identified as cancer causes.
To help prevent these kinds of cancers, an HPV vaccine has been developed and is available through your gynecologist, pediatrician or primary care physician. The HPV vaccine can by effective any time from age 9 to 26. Ideally, boys and girls age 11 or 12 should receive the vaccine before their first sexual contact.
Talk to your gynecologist, pediatrician or primary care physician to learn more or to receive the HPV vaccine. The HPV vaccine additionally is available for free at OhioHealth Community Health and Wellness. To get more information or to schedule an appointment for the HPV vaccine at OhioHealth Community Health and Wellness, call (614) 566.9038.
An Innovative Approach to Gynecologic Cancer Treatment
The OhioHealth approach to cancer care involves a partnership of experts, including surgical, medical and radiation oncology, radiology, pathology, palliative care, hospice, nursing, navigation, and research and genetic counseling. Our focus is always on the individual needs and experience of each patient, so we pay special attention to your patient’s quality-of-life concerns, wellness, spiritual and emotional care.
OhioHealth physicians adhere to best practice clinical standards for the treatment of gynecologic cancer, working together to analyze your specific case and develop a personalized and most appropriate treatment plan.
Genetic Counseling and Testing
When members of your family have had the same or related cancers, there is a greater likelihood that the risk for cancer is hereditary. If you have an increased risk based on family history, genetic counselors take steps to help reduce this risk for you and your family. This could include increased screening, lifestyle changes or medication.