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The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and the Weill Cornell Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center offer the following services for women with gynecologic cancers, such as those of the cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes, vagina/vulva, and uterus:

Screening and diagnostic tests:
Pap test, pelvic examination, pelvic or transvaginal ultrasound, tissue biopsy (may be done in a doctor’s office for cervical or endometrial biopsy); imaging tests such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and positron emission tomography for staging once cancer is diagnosed.

Surgery:
Conventional open surgery (laparotomy), as well as minimally invasive laparoscopy and robotic surgery; cryosurgery, laser therapy, and cone biopsy for precancerous cervical conditions.

Chemotherapy:
Gynecologic oncologists provide the latest anticancer drugs and drug combinations designed to slow, stop, or shrink tumors. Intraperitoneal chemotherapy is offered for women who may benefit from such direct chemotherapy administration to the abdomen or pelvis. Women eligible for clinical trials assessing new therapeutic approaches are offered participation in these vital research studies.

Radiation therapy:
External beam radiation therapy, in which radiation beams are finely targeted to the tumor, sparing as much nearby healthy tissue as possible; internal radiation therapy, in which a radioactive source is inserted into the vagina and left in place for up to a few days (during which time the patient stays in the hospital) to eliminate nearby cancer cells.

Fertility preservation:
Consultations with fertility specialists through the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and The Center for Women's Reproductive Care of Columbia University Medical Center

Embryo freezing and egg freezing options are available to some women before they begin cancer treatment.

Support services:
We offer a full range of psychosocial and other support services for patients with gynecologic cancers and their families.

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