University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute | UCCI

Contact and Appointments: (513) 475-8500

Treatment & Services

At the UC Cancer Institute Gynecologic Oncology Center, we offer innovative treatments and engage in research, clinical trials and education to improve outcomes for our patients.

We understand the impact of gynecologic cancer and its treatment on all aspects of your life–physically, mentally, socially and emotionally. That’s why, in addition to expert medical care, we offer integrative oncology services such as nutrition therapy, pain management, counseling and physical therapy to help relieve anxiety, and improve the side effects of cancer therapy.

Surgical Procedures

Our innovations in laparoscopic and robotic surgical techniques help you recover from surgery more quickly. Our expertise helps many women diagnosed with gynecologic cancer early in life to retain their fertility. Our robotic gynecologic cancer team provides care using the most advanced minimally invasive technology available today.

For more complex surgical problems, our team of surgeons, anesthesiologists and intensivists (specializing in intensive care) allow us not only to remove tumors that were previously considered to be unresectable (unable to remove surgically), but to help you heal and get back to your normal activities.

We are experts in the surgical treatment of all gynecologic cancers including:

  • Minimally-invasive techniques with laparoscopy and robotics
  • Fertility-sparing surgery
  • Advanced pelvic surgery – for cancer of structures within the pelvis
  • Risk-reducing surgery – to remove body tissue most likely to be at risk for cancer
  • Sentinel node procedures – to diagnose and stage cancer with fewer side effects
  • Cytoreductive surgery – to remove as much tumor bulk as possible without damaging vital organs
  • Surgery for recurrent gynecologic cancers
  • Pelvic and vaginal reconstruction

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy uses oral or intravenous (IV) anticancer drugs to shrink or kill gynecologic cancer. In most cases, it works by interfering with the cancer cell’s ability to grow or reproduce. These medicines are pills you take orally or medicines given in your veins. Chemotherapy may be recommended to kill any remaining cancer cells following surgery or to control cancer growth and relieve symptoms.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is often used in treating gynecologic cancers either as a stand-alone or in combination with other treatments. It uses high-energy X-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells or keep them from growing. Radiation therapy may include:

  • External beam radiation therapy – uses a machine outside the body to send radiation toward the cancer
  • Internal radiation therapy (brachytherapy) – uses a radioactive substance sealed in needles, seeds, wires or catheters that are placed into or near the cancer
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) – accurately and precisely delivers high doses of radiation to the tumor