The Gynecologic Oncology Program at Lankenau Medical Center provides
exceptional care for women with ovarian, uterine, cervical, vaginal and
vulvar cancers. Receiving a diagnosis of a gynecologic cancer is highly
personal. That is why our gynecologic cancer team offers each
woman individualized care.
The only gynecologic cancer that has a screening test is cervical
cancer. This test, a Pap test, can find the cervical cancer early, when
treatment can be most effective, and also helps prevent cervical cancer
by finding pre-cancers. There is also a test that screens for the HPV
infection, which has been linked to cervical cancer.
What the suspected cancer is will determine which tools are needed to
make an accurate diagnosis. Tests offered at Lankenau include:
Imaging tests – Sophisticated, non-invasive
imaging tools like computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) scans, or ultrasound are often used to
detect if a solid mass is present and has spread to other sites.
At Lankenau, fellowship-trained radiologists who specialize in
gynecologic pathology evaluate all scans.
Colposcopy – This is a procedure that uses an
instrument with a magnifying lens and a light to examine the
cervix and vagina for abnormalities.
Biopsy procedures – Biopsies, which involve
removing a sample of tissue and evaluating it, are often used to
confirm if a gynecological cancer is present. Lankenau has
excellent pathologists who evaluate biopsies and rapidly report
their results to physicians.
For suspected endometrial cancer, which is the most common gynecological
cancer, the minimally invasive biopsy procedure involves inserting a
flexible tube into the uterus through the cervix in order to sample
Lankenau’s gynecological cancer team is dedicated to providing every
woman with personalized care. Each plan is customized so that patients
receive the most-advanced, least-invasive treatments with the fewest
side effects. As often as possible, our team strives to preserve healthy
tissue while destroying the tumor at its point of origin and any cancer
cells that have spread.
Gynecologic cancer treatment options offered at Lankenau include:
Surgery – Lankenau surgeons can offer a host of
minimally invasive surgical procedures for women with
gynecologic cancer. This includes robotic surgery when
appropriate. Lankenau was the first hospital in Pennsylvania to
use robotic surgery for gynecologic cancer.
Medical Oncology (Chemotherapy) – Lankenau’s
experienced staff of medical oncologists, including a
gynecologic oncologist, treat patients in a caring and
supportive environment. Patients have access to the latest
treatment advances in chemotherapy, hormonal therapies and
targeted therapies. Lankenau oncologists offer intraperitoneal
chemotherapy, in which drugs are delivered directly into the
abdomen to combat ovarian cancer. Oncology-certified nurses help
educate patients about the disease and provide support for the
family and caregivers.
Radiation – The
Radiation Oncology Program at Lankenau Medical Center is
equipped with sophisticated technology, including Intensity
Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). The staff of the Radiation
Oncology Department offers each patient education, care and
encouragement in a supportive and understanding environment.
When considering treatments, our team will find the one that works for
you. Age, overall health, size and location of the tumor, extent of the
disease, and your tolerance for specific treatments are all important
factors in determining an individualized and accurate treatment plan.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.