At Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital, we understand that your first priority is finding expert gynecologic cancer care. Our gynecologic oncologists are specially trained physicians who care for women in Central Virginia with gynecologic cancers such as cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, uterine cancer and ovarian cancer.

Our multidisciplinary team of experts focuses on compassionate, quality care with the goal for each patient to live a healthy and active lifestyle. They:

  • Participate in dedicated multi-specialty gynecologic cancer conferences to discuss individual patient cases and determine the most effective treatment as quickly as possible.
  • Specialize in minimally invasive robotic surgery, which offers precise control and access to hard-to-reach areas and allows complex surgeries to be performed through a few small incisions.
  • Provide genetic assessment, counseling and testing in their office for those certain kinds of gynecologic cancer or who have concerns about their personal and/or family history of cancer.
  • Offer access to national clinical research trials and leading-edge therapies.

Complete Gynecologic Cancer Support

The more you know, the better your outcome can be. That's why we integrate education and support throughout our program of care. You benefit from our broad range of services, including:

  • Support groups to guide you from diagnosis through treatment, recovery and life after cancer.
  • Infusion services staffed by chemotherapy-certified nurses who provide ongoing education and support.
  • Rehabilitation services to help you improve your quality of life.
  • The Hawthorne Cancer Resource Center, which provides educational materials and a resource library.

Gynecologic Cancer Screening

Gynecologic cancer screening begins with yearly pelvic exams at your doctor’s office. During this exam, your doctor may complete a Pap smear. The Pap test is one of the most reliable and effective cervical cancer screening tests available. Your doctor may also use the HPV test to screen for cervical cancer. The HPV test can provide more information if you receive an unclear Pap test result.

As with most cancers, early detection is the key to effective treatment. Speak with your doctor about your risk and screening/examination for the various gynecological cancers.

Diagnosis of Gynecologic Cancer

At Johnston-Willis Hospital, we recognize the degree of stress that comes with a diagnosis of cancer. Our goal is to work together to restore your quality of life and give you the emotional support you need. We understand the importance of treating not only the disease but you as an individual.

The physical exam, combined with all of your test results (including biopsies and information from surgeries), will help to determine the type and stage of cancer. Doctors use staging to guide your treatment plan. Like other cancers, gynecological cancers are staged from stage I through stage IV. Stage I is a very localized cancer while stage IV indicates a spread to other parts of the body.

Gynecologic Cancer Treatment

Your body is unique, and cancer affects each person in a different way. That's why your care team at Johnston-Willis will customize your gynecologic cancer treatment to give you the best possible outcome.

We offer comprehensive cancer care, including innovative surgical technology and minimally invasive robotic surgery. These surgical techniques provide patients with reduced pain, less scarring and a faster recovery. Our team will guide you through the process of determining the least invasive and most effective gynecologic cancer treatment options.

In some cases, your treatment may include chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Whatever your course of treatment involves, our specialists are here to care for you.

For more information about our gynecologic cancer services, please call (804) 320-DOCS (3627).

Robotics Used in Gynecologic Surgeries

Our expert surgeons are renowned for detecting and treating gynecologic cancers. Removing and treating these cancers with the minimally invasive da Vinci® robotic surgery system improves your recovery time. And because Johnston-Willis Hospital is one of a limited number of hospitals in the country to have the designation of Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS) by the Surgical Review Corporation, you know you’re in the most experienced of hands.

Learn MORE about how robotics can assist you in gynecologic surgery.