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
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
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.