Our doctors’ approach to surgical treatment is what sets our gynecological oncologists apart and makes the Johns Hopkins Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service a nationally recognized treatment center for cancers of the female reproductive tract.
Overview of Surgical Treatment
- You will be referred by your gynecologist or primary care physician to be evaluated by a gynecological oncologist.
- If a biopsy has already been taken and the pathology is confirmed, a treatment plan is determined. If one of the steps is surgery, you will need to have a pre-operative evaluation to clear you for surgery. You will be assigned a surgical coordinator, who is there to guide you through this stage of your treatment.
Our focus on minimally invasive surgical procedures when appropriate, and the use of robotically assisted minimally invasive surgery for management of endometrial and cervical cancer as well as ovarian masses/cancer, makes our Center an excellent choice for surgical treatment. Your physician will discuss the opportunity for minimally-invasive surgery if possible.
- Surgery will be performed to remove the growth and assess if there has been any spread of the cancer.
- After the surgery, the pathology is again reviewed by our group of specialized gynecological pathologists.
- At this point, the tumor board, a multidisciplinary group of our staff who meet once a week, will confer to decide on a treatment plan that may include chemotherapy and/or radiation, as well as any other treatments available.