Division of Solid Tumor Oncology
Women's Oncologic Health Program
Breast Cancer |
Gynecologic Cancers |
Rebecca J. Jaslow, MD
Norman Rosenblum, MD, PhD
Russell J. Schilder, MD
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Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals' Division of Gynecologic Oncology treats women with malignant and premalignant conditions of the reproductive organs, including the cervix, ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva, and gestational trophoblastic disease. It also provides care for women at higher risk for gynecological cancer based upon their personal histories. Patients are referred by physicians not only within the Jefferson community but also throughout the tri-state area.
The Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson has put together a multidisciplinary team, including board-certified, fellowship-trained gynecologic oncologists; gynecologists; radiation oncologists; medical oncologists; radiologists; geneticists; and other specialists such as plastic surgeons, urologists, general surgeons, pathologists and specialists in maternal-fetal medicine. All specialties are represented at biweekly meetings, during which all cases are reviewed and clinical treatments are planned.
A patient's treatment plan may involve surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation. Minimally invasive and robotic approaches are being deemed appropriate to treat a wider range of gyneco-oncological conditions, conveying to patients the benefits of a faster recovery with fewer risks of complications. Three-dimensional high-dose-rate (HDR) planning with fusion software makes composites of external beam and brachytherapy possible. The software was commissioned at Jefferson and has broadened our delivery options for patients with gynecologic cancer. We employ intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) during surgery to deliver a concentrated beam of radiation to cancer cells or tumor beds as they are exposed.
A full range of surgical procedures related to gynecologic oncology is offered, including hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oopherectomy, lymphadenectomy, cone biopsy, the loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP), vulvar resection and radical pelvic surgery for ovarian, cervical and endometrial cancers. Panniculectomy, pelvic exenteration and radical vulvectomy with reconstruction are performed with the support of plastic surgeons.