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Multidisciplinary Gynecologic Oncology Team
Multidisciplinary care refers to doctors who specialize in different medical areas working together. Our multidisciplinary gynecologic oncology team—part of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center—draws on the expertise of a variety of cancer specialists when necessary to deliver the best possible care.
The team includes:
- Medical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists
- Hepatobiliary and surgical oncologists
- Gynecologic pathologists
- Plastic surgeons
Our medical oncologists are world-renowned experts in gynecologic cancer. In special circumstances, our gynecologic oncologists may collaborate with the medical oncology team to create and manage your chemotherapy treatment regimen, as well as overall cancer treatment and care.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays, gamma rays or radioactive matter to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. If your gynecologic oncologist prescribes radiation as part of your comprehensive treatment plan, you will meet with one of our radiation oncologists. These specially trained doctors have expertise in administering radiation therapy to treat cancer.
If you have tumors or cancer cells that have spread to your liver, gall bladder or pancreas, our surgical oncologists and hepatobiliary surgeons may assist our gynecologic oncology surgeons with your surgical care.
Over the past few decades, our pathologists have gained an unprecedented reputation for diagnosing rare and challenging gynecologic cancers. In turn, they have developed a global consultation service in which patients from all over the world come to Johns Hopkins for second opinions and general consultations. Our gynecologic pathologists are among the most respected in the field. On the research front, our pathology scientists have helped identify different subtypes of ovarian cancer based on the molecular and genetic differences in tumors. They have also contributed to a well-accepted theory indicating that ovarian cancer may begin in the fallopian tubes, not in the ovaries, as previously thought. This knowledge may be critical for diagnosing ovarian cancer earlier and providing more personalized treatments for women with gynecologic cancers.
In some rare cases of extremely advanced or recurrent gynecologic cancer, a radical surgery known as pelvic exenteration may be necessary. In this procedure, your gynecologic oncologists will work alongside plastic surgeons and/or urologists to wipe out cancerous tumors in your pelvis by removing your bladder, rectum, vagina and other pelvic structures. Our stellar plastic surgeons help rebuild and reconstruct your pelvic floor, restoring its physical appearance and functionality. Plastic surgery faculty members may also help our gynecologic oncologists with managing abdominal wall hernias or performing panniculectomy surgery to remove abdominal fat to make the gynecologic cancer surgeries safer for patients.