Gynecologic cancer overview
If you have a gynecologic cancer, your outcomes will be better if you are treated by a gynecologic oncologist right from the beginning.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center has more gynecologic oncologists than any other medical center or clinic in the Pacific Northwest. We treat all types of gynecologic cancer, including cervical, endometrial, ovarian, and vulvar cancers, uterine sarcoma and gestational trophoblastic disease.
Where you're treated first matters most
The most important decision a person with cancer will make is deciding where to get treated. Studies have shown that patients who begin their treatment at a top regional cancer center, like Fred Hutch, have better outcomes than those who start their treatment elsewhere. And here’s why:
- Expert care: Fred Hutch physicians treat only cancer and specialize in specific cancer types, such as gynecologic cancer. They have a deep understanding of their specialty since they diagnose and treat thousands of cancer cases every year. This experience builds their expertise, which makes better outcomes possible.
- Newest treatments: The team of experts at Fred Hutch have access to the latest developments and research in treating cancer. We unite the leading researchers and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch and UW Medicine.
When your treatment is complete, we'll keep close watch on your health through our Women’s Wellness Clinic where we provide wellness-focused follow-up care focused on cancer treatment recovery.
Every gynecologic cancer patient at Fred Hutch has a personal health-care team that includes a gynecologic oncologist, surgery staff, nurse case managers and a radiation oncologist, if needed.
Before your first visit, the team will have reviewed your pathology slides (tissue samples from any biopsies) and any scans or tests you have already had. If you do not live in or near Seattle, we may ask your referring doctor to arrange for additional tests or scans so that these results are available before your appointment.
Most of the people who come to Fred Hutch for gynecologic cancer care are referred by a primary care provider, internist or gynecologist. About half of these individuals live in the three-county area that includes Seattle. Most of the rest come from the five-state Pacific Northwest region.
Today, women facing gynecological cancer have better treatment options than they did even a few years ago. If detected in the precancerous stage, some cancers can often be halted with a simple procedure.
At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes physicians, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Fred Hutch was formed, in part, to bring promising new treatments to patients faster. For gynecologic cancer patients, this means more treatment options at Fred Hutch than you might find elsewhere, including the chance to participate in one of many ongoing clinical trials conducted at Fred Hutch and UW Medicine.
The Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention (BOCP) Clinic at Fred Hutch is for women with a very strong risk for breast cancer or ovarian cancer.
At this clinic, we provide a personalized approach to cancer risk assessment, prevention, and screening, including an evaluation and a discussion of your individual breast and ovarian cancer risk.