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Gynecologic Cancers

Cancer care as unique as you

When you or a loved one has gynecologic cancer, turn to UC San Diego Health for your care. You’ll find support and expertise from our compassionate cancer team at every step of your journey, from diagnosis to treatment.

Nationally Ranked Cancer Care

UC San Diego Health is ranked among the nation's best in both cancer and gynecological care by U.S. News & World Report. We are also the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in San Diego County. This is the highest possible rating for a U.S. cancer center, and it means you’ll receive the best possible care and support for your unique cancer. Studies show patient outcomes are better at NCI-designated cancer centers. You’ll also have access to innovative medical advances, including clinical trials of new therapies and technologies not available elsewhere in San Diego.

Types of Gynecologic Cancers We Treat

Your UC San Diego Health care team treats all types and stages of cancers related to the female reproductive system, including:

Comprehensive Personalized Treatments 

Feel confident you’ll receive a personalized, comprehensive care plan that fits your needs and supports you and your family throughout your journey. You can also ask us for second opinion services

Your care plan may include one or a combination of the following treatment approaches.

Surgery

Your doctor may recommend surgery as a way to prevent your cancer from spreading. Gynecological cancer surgery is often robot-assisted and uses less invasive techniques to reduce your recovery time.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy can kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Depending on your type and stage of cancer and overall health, you may receive radiation therapy alone or combined with surgery or chemotherapy. Rely on our radiation oncologists to recommend the best type of radiation therapy for you:

  • High-dose-rate brachytherapy: Places a tiny, radioactive pellet in or near your tumor
  • Whole pelvic radiotherapy: Uses a machine to deliver radiation to your reproductive organs

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells or keep them from growing. You’ll most likely receive this medicine intravenously (through a vein or IV). But if you have advanced ovarian cancer, your doctor may recommend intraperitoneal chemotherapy. This approach delivers the medicine to an area of your abdomen where the disease has spread.

Your Cancer Care Team

You’ll appreciate an entire team of cancer care professionals who put you at the center of everything they do. Your gynecologic oncologists and radiation oncologists meet regularly to review your case, examine treatment options and develop coordinated, personalized care plans. Meet the gynecological cancer team.

Patient and Family Support

At UC San Diego Health, we consider your physical, social, emotional and spiritual health throughout your cancer journey. Take advantage of our patient and family support services.

Appointments & Referrals

Location

La Jolla

Meet Our Specialists

Personalized Cancer Care

UC San Diego Health now uses genetic testing to analyze tumors and tailor cancer treatments to individual patients. See Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy