St. Mary's Medical Center
Cancer Centers of Colorado
750 Wellington Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Gynecologic cancer is one of the more common forms of cancer. In fact, more than 90,000 women are diagnosed with it each year. These cancers are highly treatable, especially when caught early. You can trust us for education, early detection and screening, genetic risk factor assessment and next steps after a diagnosis.
When you’re diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer, every day counts. We help you review and understand your options quickly. Our compassionate care team provides in-depth expertise, and your nurse navigator will be with you every step of the way so you can begin treatment within days after cancer is detected.
Gynecologic cancer detection and diagnosis
Gynecologic cancer is any cancer that starts in the female reproductive organs. This can include cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, vaginal cancer or vulvar cancer. When you notice a change in your body at home, or when something is detected during an annual exam, we’ll work quickly to get a diagnosis. You’ll usually be referred to our advanced imaging services and may need a biopsy. A pathologist, a doctor who specializes in diagnosing disease, will look at your cell samples to identify the presence of cancer and determine its type and whether it’s noninvasive or invasive.
Learn about our imaging services.
Innovative technologies offered at SCL Health
We target gynecologic cancer with some of the most advanced treatments and technology available. Our accredited cancer programs may offer:
- Minimally invasive surgery – A surgical technique requiring smaller incisions so you can heal faster. Used to remove cancerous tumors in the uterus, ovaries or cervix.
- Minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery – A robotic surgical system designed to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. This system enables surgeons to make smaller, more precise movements with tiny instruments inside your body, which can help you heal more quickly. Robotic-assisted surgery is used for partial or total hysterectomies and removal of the ovaries.
- Radiation oncology concentrated dosing – A radiation therapy administered during surgery to the area where the cancer was removed. This treatment does as little damage as possible to normal tissue.
- Intraperitoneal chemotherapy – This chemotherapy treatment is most effective for ovarian cancer and is delivered directly into the abdomen during surgery through a lining in the stomach.
You will need to call your local hospital to learn which of these options are available in your area.