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Gynecological Cancer

CenterPoint Radiation Oncology

Rosalyn Morrell, MD

Radiation Oncologist located in Beverly Hills, CA

Gynecological cancer affects about 100,000 American women each year. Radiation oncologist Rosalyn Morrell, MD, treats all types of gynecological cancer, including cervical and uterine cancer, at CenterPoint Radiation Oncology in Beverly Hills, California. For compassionate care and expertise in radiation therapy for gynecological cancer, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Gynecological Cancer

What is gynecological cancer?

Gynecological cancer is cancer that begins anywhere in a woman’s reproductive system. Cancer is a disease that results from cellular mutations that cause cells to grow and multiply uncontrollably.

The five main types of gynecological cancer are:

  • Cervical cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Vaginal cancer
  • Vulvar cancer

Gynecological cancer can happen to any woman, but your risk increases with age. Treatment for gynecological cancer is most effective when there’s an early diagnosis, so getting regular gynecological exams and Pap tests is crucial.

What are the symptoms of gynecological cancer?

Each type of gynecological cancer has unique signs and symptoms. 

Depending on which type of cancer it is, the symptoms may include:

  • Pelvic pain or pressure
  • Bloating
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge
  • Abdominal pain or back pain
  • Changes in urination or bowel movements
  • Itching, burning, or tenderness of the vulva

Call your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms. They may be due to cancer or another condition that requires treatment.

What gynecological cancer treatments are available?

There are several ways to treat gynecological cancers, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Most women with gynecological cancer receive a combination of treatments.

At CenterPoint Radiation Oncology, Dr. Morrell works closely with a team of specialists, such as gynecologic oncologists and surgeons, to ensure optimal treatment.

How does radiation therapy treat gynecological cancer?

Radiation therapy uses high-powered energy beams like X-rays or protons to kill cancer cells. A combination of radiation therapy and chemotherapy may be the primary treatment for your gynecological cancer. Or, you may receive radiation therapy after surgery to reduce the risk of the cancer returning.

Depending on your needs, Dr. Morrell may deliver radiation therapy externally or internally. External beam radiation therapy uses a machine to deliver radiation energy to a specific part of your body. Internal radiation, also called brachytherapy, involves placing a device containing radioactive material inside your body.

High-dose-rate brachytherapy is an outpatient procedure that takes 20 minutes or less, while low-dose-rate brachytherapy can take several hours or days. Dr. Morrell often uses high-dose-rate brachytherapy to treat cervical and uterine cancers.

To learn more about your options for treating gynecological cancer, call CenterPoint Radiation Oncology, or book an appointment online today.

 

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