About Gynecologic Cancer
Comprehensive Cancer Care in Pasadena, CA
The battle against cancer is one of life’s most difficult challenges – but at Pasadena CyberKnife, we’re committed to helping patients throughout the LA area win it. As a leading cancer care and radiation oncology center, we’re proud to provide world-class cancer treatment in a comfortable and supportive environment. We believe there’s hope no matter what the diagnosis, and we strive to use noninvasive treatments whenever possible. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with gynecologic cancer, we’re here to help.
What Is Gynecologic Cancer?
Gynecologic cancer isn’t like many other types of cancer in that it doesn’t refer to one specific condition. Instead, it’s a blanket term applied to any cancer that starts in a woman’s reproductive organs. Accordingly, gynecologic cancer refers to a wide swath of specific cancers. The most common gynecologic cancers include:
- Vulvar Cancer
- Vaginal Cancer
- Uterine Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
Symptoms of Gynecologic Cancer
Unfortunately, gynecologic cancers often don’t produce symptoms until they’re fairly advanced – but there are still important warning signs to look out for. The most common symptoms of gynecologic cancer include the following:
- Back or abdominal pain
- Pressure or pain in the pelvis
- Abnormal discharge or bleeding
- An itching or burning sensation in the vulva
- General changes to bathroom habits like increased frequency of urination, constipation, diarrhea, or other abnormal issues
- Rashes, sores, warts, or other changes to the skin of the vulva
Preventing Gynecologic Cancer
The best way to fight gynecologic cancer is through prevention and early detection. The most important step is to know your body and feel comfortable telling your doctor if you notice anything abnormal that you’re worried about. The earlier you can catch symptoms and diagnose the cancer, the easier it will be to treat.
Additionally, there are some preventative measures you can take to protect yourself from gynecologic cancer. Getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can reduce your chances of cervical cancer, as HPV increases the risk of cervical cancer. Women between the ages of 21 and 65 should get regular Pap tests to watch for precancerous cells, as these can help catch cervical cancer early on. Talk with your doctor to sdecideee how frequently you should get a Pap test.
Contact Your Pasadena Radiation Oncology Clinic
While prevention is always preferable, it’s not always possible – and if you or someone you love has been diagnosed with gynecologic cancer, Pasadena CyberKnife is here to help. We firmly believe that there’s hope no matter what the diagnosis, and we strive to use noninvasive methods whenever possible to minimize the impact of treatment. Contact us today – we’ll help you make a plan, get the treatment you deserve, and get on the road to recovery.