Gynecologic Cancer Surgery and Doctors at Sibley Memorial Hospital
Facing a diagnosis or recurrence of gynecologic cancer can be frightening and confusing. At the Sibley Center for Gynecologic Oncology and Advanced Pelvic Surgery in Washington, D.C., our team of experts is dedicated to helping you with innovative treatments and skill in addressing even the most advanced cancers.
From diagnostic tests to surgical and rehabilitation services, we support you with clear communication, compassionate care and seamless teamwork.
Caring and Experience Guide Gynecologic Cancer Care at Sibley
Sage Chapman sought expert surgical care at Sibley Memorial Hospital to treat two large tumors on her ovaries. She found the support and knowledge she needed in Mildred Chernofsky, M.D., a gynecologic oncologist who skillfully guided Sage though surgery and chemotherapy for her stage 3C ovarian cancer.
Cancers We Treat
Our team has expertise and experience treating a wide range of primary and metastatic cancers that affect pelvic organs, including:
- Cervical cancer
- Fallopian tube cancer
- Endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterine lining)
- Gestational trophoblastic disease (tumors that can sometimes become malignant)
- Ovarian cancer
- Peritoneal cancer (cancer of the lining of organs in the abdominal space)
- Vaginal cancer
- Vulvar cancer
Many gynecologic cancers can be curable, particularly if diagnosed early.Mildred Chernofsky, M.D., gynecologic oncologist
Advanced Surgical Techniques
The team at the Sibley Center for Gynecologic Oncology and Advanced Pelvic Surgery is experienced, and performs more than 600 gynecologic surgeries every year, including:
- Minimally invasive surgery, including robotic and laparoscopic, which allows access to the pelvic organs through small incisions in the abdomen.
- Radical surgery to remove the cancer and places where it has spread (metastases). Besides the reproductive organs, this type of surgery may involve removal of lymph nodes, the appendix, part of the colon and other organs affected by cancer.
- Tumor debulking to remove all or parts of the tumor.
- Traditional and minimally invasive hysterectomies (uterus removal).
- Reconstructive pelvic surgery to restore function of pelvic organs.
- Bowel resection to remove parts of the bowel affected by cancer.
Why Choose Johns Hopkins for Gynecologic Cancer Care
- Partners in your care: Loss of reproductive organs can be deeply personal. We will work with you to evaluate your treatment options and help you make an informed decision.
- Wide surgical expertise: When you are facing cancer surgery, experience is essential. We are experts in a variety of laparoscopic, robotic and other minimally invasive and traditional surgical techniques for treating pelvic cancer in women, and perform more than 600 gynecologic surgeries a year.
- Treatment tailored to each patient: We look at the complete picture when planning your treatment, including your health and lifestyle, the cell type of your cancer, how far it has progressed and many other factors. For early stage cancers when fertility is a concern, our surgeons consider surgical approaches that could preserve your options.
- Continuum of care: In addition to surgery, some gynecologic cancers call for chemotherapy, radiation or both. We work with radiation and medical oncologists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley. These specialists offer the most advanced care when needed, including clinical trials.
Meet Our Team
Our Gynecologic Oncologists and Surgeons
Our Washington, D.C., team includes three fellowship-trained Johns Hopkins gynecologic oncologists (specialists in gynecologic cancers with training and skills in pelvic surgery) and a fellowship-trained Johns Hopkins pelvic reconstructive surgery specialist.
Our Care Location
The Sibley Center for Gynecologic Oncology and Advanced Pelvic Surgery
The center is located at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.
5255 Loughboro Road NW
Washington, D.C. 20016