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Gynecologic (GYN) Cancer | Which Type of Surgeon Is Best?

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What types of surgeons are available for my cancer surgery?What types of surgeons are available for my cancer surgery?


If you are having a hysterectomy for a cancer concern, you will want a reputable surgeon who either has experience with cancer-related surgeries or will work with a gynecologic oncologist in the operating room. The more skilled and experienced your surgeon, the better your treatment and prognosis can be.

When choosing your surgeon, there are several types of specialists you can consider. You should also consider a surgeon's personal experience and skills, as not all doctors in the same field have an equal level of experience and knowledge.
  • A gynecological oncologist (GYN/ONC), a specialist in female reproductive anatomy, with additional training in cancer of the reproductive system. This is generally considered the best option, especially if you have a confirmed cancer diagnosis. They are not available in all areas. Some women travel hours to see one and have them do their surgery. Many women with pre-cancer diagnosis see them since cancer could be found during the surgery. Some studies indicate better outcomes for those with a cancer diagnosis when a GYN/ONC is involved early. Your gynecologist may refer you to a GYN\ONC.
  • An obstetric gynecologist or a gynecologic surgeon who will do the surgery with an oncologist in attendance. The gynecologist does the initial incisions and then lets the oncologist take over in order to check for cancer and do procedures such as pelvic washes and lymph node dissection. The oncologist may be a specialist in cancer but not necessarily a specialist in cancers of the female anatomy. The gynecologist will usually do the surgical closures.
  • OB/GYN or gynecologist surgeon who has handled some oncology cases if there are no GYN/ONCs or oncologists in the area. This is not the norm, but, either through additional training or some other experiences, they can recognize some cancers and do some additional procedures such as pelvic washes and lymph node removal. You should make sure you thoroughly discuss how they got their experience and what outcomes they have had with their patients. Normally, a GYN\ONC will review the frozen sections and the pathology report to determine the next course of treatment.
  • OB/GYN or gynecologic surgeons with no oncology experience would not be recommended in any situations where cancer is suspected because they are not familiar with the procedures to recognize cancer. Additionally, they may not know how to do pelvic washes or lymph node dissections.

Regardless of who does the surgery, the organs should be sent for pathology testing to complete the staging of the cancer.

We hope this helps you find the best surgeon for your situation.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

11-29-2012 - 07:55 PM


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