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Gynaecological cancers are cancers of the female reproductive system including cancers of the womb (uterus), vulva, cervix and ovaries.
St George’s offers a comprehensive diagnostic service including colposcopy, outpatient hysteroscopy, specialist gynaecological ultrasound and biopsy. The Rapid Access Service means that patients can receive many of these diagnostic tests, and often treatment, in one visit.
To further aid diagnosis, the Radiology Department provides a comprehensive imaging service (including MRI, CT and ultrasound technologies) whilst the Pathology service provides expert analysis of blood, cells and tissues.
Gynaecological cancers are usually treated with either surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy (or a combination of treatments). Sometimes the radiotherapy is combined with chemotherapy or hormone therapy. The type of surgery needed and the particular combination of surgery and therapy will depend on the type and complexity of cancer.
St. George's Healthcare has particular expertise in fertility sparing surgery, surgery for recurrent disease and vulval surgery as well as expertise in ovarian and endometrial cancer. Many procedures can be carried out laproscopically (key hole surgery).
St George's Hospital is a large teaching hospital with the full range of skills and support services needed to be able to carry out complex cancer surgery. These include intensive care (ITU), anaesthetic and pain management services which are all available on site.