Spotlight on Gynecological Cancers

Gynecological cancers can be particularly dangerous because they frequently don’t cause any symptoms until they are in advanced stages. By educating themselves about the risk factors and signs of these kinds of cancer, and understanding how treatment can affect fertility, as discussed in this video from Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center’s Cancer Center , women can take control of their health and take steps to protect themselves from these kinds of cancers.

What are gynecological cancers?

Gynecological cancers are cancers that affect the reproductive systems of women. There are five cancers that fall into this category: ovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. Although some forms of gynecological cancers share symptoms, each also has its own set of unique signs, risk factors, and treatments. Your gynecologist will help you understand your personal risk of developing these kinds of cancers and how and when you should be screened.

What are the symptoms?

Some general symptoms of gynecological cancers include fatigue, bloating, changes in bathroom habits, and vaginal burning or itching. Because these symptoms are associated with so many other conditions, many women do not report them to their doctors. Other symptoms are specific to certain types of gynecological cancers. For instance, vulvar cancer may cause warts or rashes to appear on the vulva, while ovarian and uterine cancers may cause pelvic pain or pressure. Any time you have persistent symptoms that you can’t explain, consider seeing your doctor to find a cause. Early diagnosis can be life-saving.

What treatments are available?

Treatment depends on a number of different factors, including the type and stage of the cancer. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy are all options that your doctor may consider. Be sure to discuss your concerns about family planning with your doctor, as some treatments could affect your fertility.

Compassionate, comprehensive cancer care starts at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. Our full service cancer unit offers a range of treatment options and supportive services located conveniently in our hospital in Thousand Oaks for patients to receive the most appropriate care for their specific needs. Find out more about cancer care and our other services, including our emergency room and surgery center , by calling (877) 888-5746.