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, clinical trials and research

Dr. Janet RaderDr. Janet S. Rader co-chairs cervical cancer study published in Nature

Corresponding author and co-chair Janet S. Rader, MD, and contributors Denise Uyar, MD; William Bradley, MD; and Behnaz Behmaram, MD, published the article "Integrated Genomic and Molecular Characterization of Cervical Cancer" in the March 16, 2017, issue of the journal Nature. It is one of the largest comprehensive genomic studies of cervical cancer published to date. The massive undertaking was accomplished by the collaboration of over 50 institutions and 300 investigators. Read the article.

Care Team Focused on Gynecologic Cancer

Dr. Erickson and Patient imageWomen 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.

Second Opinion for Gynecologic Cancer

Second opinions provide patients with the reassurance that a diagnosis is accurate and that they know all of the treatment options available to them. The Gynecologic Cancer Program team offers second opinion appointments within 24 business hours. Learn more about our Cancer Second Opinion Program.

Journey to Wellness Support Group

People affected by a cancer diagnosis, as well as their spouses, family members, significant others and caregivers are welcome to attend our monthly support group to share information and experiences, as well as receive encouragement and support. This monthly support group offers periodic speakers and is also intended as an open forum. Visit our calendar or call for more information: 414-805-3666 or 800-272-3666.

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