The Gynecologic Oncology Unit is part of the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science Department. The Unit handles all areas of oncology related to gynecology - malignancies and premalignancies, including tumors in women's reproductive organs: in the ovaries, endometrium, cervix, vagina and vulva as well as the various tumors that grow in the placental tissue.
The Unit offers all of the services and treatments a gynecologic oncology patient requires from the medical and nursing perspective, by a team of interdisciplinary specialists, and does so all under a single roof. The service provided in the Unit begins at the stage of investigation and diagnosis, and continues to the required treatment - including surgical and chemical treatments as well as other supportive care through the stages of guidance, healing and follow-up after the disease in our clinics.
We do everything in our power to create a uniform and supportive environment, both for the patients and their families. This makes it possible to establish long-term personal relationships with the patients, which ensures better and more comprehensive care.
Our unit works in conjunction with the medical center's Oncology Unit and with specialists from various fields, as needed.
The services and treatments provided in the Gynecologic Oncology Unit
Gynecologic oncology surgeries:
We perform the full range of surgery in the field of gynecologic oncology, using both the classical approach (open abdominal surgery) and the minimally invasive approach (laparoscopy). Patients with malignancies of the reproductive organs, including ovarian, uterine, cervical and vulvar cancer, will undergo the appropriate surgery by the Unit's team of experts. Today, in a large number of the cases of uterine cancer and in some of the cervical and ovarian tumors, it is possible to perform laparoscopic surgery with several small incisions in the abdominal wall, facilitating a shorter hospital stay and allowing the patient to get back to her normal routine more quickly.
When dealing with cervical and vulvar cancer, we use the sentinel lymph node technique.
Chemotherapy is provided by the Gynecologic Oncology Unit team in the outpatient Gynecologic Oncology Clinic or on an inpatient basis in the Gynecology Department. The treatment is administered by the gynecologic oncology staff and the oncology nurses. The gynecologic oncology staff holds a regular weekly meeting with the physicians of the Oncology Department to discuss the patients receiving treatment in the unit.
Gynecologic Oncology Follow-Up Clinic:
Women who were recently diagnosed with suspicious findings of premalignancies or malignancies of the reproductive organs will be referred to the Gynecologic Oncology Clinic. At the clinic, we will perform an examination, provide an initial evaluation and determine the plan for continued investigation and treatment. Depending on the findings, the patient will be referred for additional tests. If it is determined that surgery is required, she will be scheduled for pre-op in the Gynecologic Oncology Unit of the Gynecology Department. Women who have undergone gynecologic oncology surgery and/or chemical treatments will be scheduled for regular follow-up in the hospital's Follow-Up Clinic.
Additionally, women with a family history of cancer in the reproductive organs will undergo follow-up at the Gynecologic Oncology Follow-Up Clinic. Women with a family history of ovarian and breast cancer and/or who carry a mutation of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, and women with a family history of uterine cancer related to Lynch syndrome (HNPCC) will undergo regular follow-up at the clinic, under standard guidelines, including examination, ultrasound indicators and other tests.
The clinic is involved in prevention and early diagnosis of cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancer. The clinic performs colposcopies, vulvoscopies and vaginoscopies - these tests are performed uses a microscope that helps perform diagnosis of premalignant and malignant lesions of the cervix, vagina and vulva. If necessary, a cervical biopsy will be taken and sent for pathology testing.