Gynecologic Cancer Treatment in Milwaukee, Wis.
The Gynecologic Cancer Program at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin provides highly coordinated care for women who have cancers of the reproductive organs: ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, vulva and vagina as well as malignant conditions that can arise related to abnormal pregnancies, such as gestational trophoblastic disease and choriocarcinoma.
Our physicians focus exclusively on treating gynecologic cancer and offer a full range of treatment options, including advanced therapies.
Second Opinion Appointments for women seeking a second opinion are available with a gynecologic oncologist within 24 business hours through our Second Opinion Program.
Care Team Focused on Gynecologic Cancer
Women with malignancies of the reproductive system do best when they work with physicians who focus on gynecologic cancer. The National Institutes of Health reports women with ovarian cancer have significantly improved survival rates when treated by a gynecologic oncologist. Seeing the right specialist is important: gynecologic oncologists have extensive training and expertise in providing the complex treatment necessary to managing this specific group of diseases.
The Gynecologic Cancer Program at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin includes four board certified gynecologic oncologists, cancer specialists who have specialty training in the care and treatment of reproductive cancers, along with radiation oncologists who also focus on specifically on reproductive cancers.
Diagnosing Vulvar, Vaginal and Cervical Cancers
Gynecologic cancers can strike women of any age. The symptoms of gynecologic cancers may include abnormal bleeding, abdominal bloating, pain during intercourse and changes in bowel and bladder habits. Vaginal and vulvar cancer may also produce a lump, growth or skin change in the affected area.
In most cases, an annual gynecological exam combined with a PAP test can identify signs of vulvar, vaginal and cervical cancers at an early stage. Other cancers are harder to detect. Occasionally, a pelvic exam may reveal signs of ovarian cancer, though many women present with vague symptoms such as abdominal or back pain, constipation, fatigue, an upset stomach and bloating. Imaging studies, such as a computed tomography (CT) scan or ultrasound, and blood work may be used to identify suspected ovarian cancer. Most gynecologic cancers are diagnosed through a surgical biopsy.
Advanced Treatment Options
Treatment for gynecologic cancer can include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, used individually or in combination. Medical College of Wisconsin gynecologic oncologists and radiation oncologists offer advanced treatment options tailored to each individual. Some of the therapies offered through the Gynecologic Cancer Program are not offered anywhere else in southeastern Wisconsin.
Monthly Support Group
Our monthly support group for women who are newly diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer or are survivors offers an opportunity to share information, ask questions or receive encouragement. We meet the third Wednesday of each month. Please see our online class schedule for dates and speakers.