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Gynecologic Cancer Program

Gynecologic Cancer Program

The numbers tell the story: US News & World Report has rated Florida Hospital’s Gynecology Program the best in the state and the 11th best in the entire country. It’s not surprising, then, that the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Program is at the forefront of cancer expertise, advanced technologies and patient care. We are dedicated to the early detection and treatment of a wide range of cancers affecting women, and the Gynecologic Oncology Program treats more women than any program of its kind in the Southeast. Since 2000, we’ve also performed more gynecologic oncology surgeries than any hospital in the nation, and our patient outcomes consistently exceed national averages.

The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute sees more newly diagnosed cancer patients than any other cancer facility in the United States, and was one of only 12 community oncology programs honored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology for their commitment to improving cancer care through increased participation in clinical trials.

In addition, Florida Hospital Orlando is the only member of the Florida Hospital family to provide patients with access to gynecologic oncologists—specialists who have had fellowships in gynecology and medical oncology. While we’re proud of our history, at the Florida Hospital Gynecologic Oncology Center we’re not content to rest on our laurels. At the heart of our program is a deep desire and dedication to improving the life of each patient who comes through our doors. For this reason, we have a dedicated Gynecologic Oncology Care Coordinator to meet every patient’s needs. 

Gynecologic Cancers

The specialists at the FHCI Gynecologic Oncology Program can treat a variety of gynecological conditions, including benign ovarian cysts and masses, complex endometrial hyperplasia, excessive menstrual bleeding, uterine fibroids and endometriosis. We also offer ovarian risk reduction surgery, in which the ovaries of high-risk patients are removed to prevent them from developing ovarian cancer.

For women who do develop gynecological cancers, the FHCI Gynecologic Oncology Program aims for early diagnosis and treatment, which many times can be accomplished through non-invasive procedures such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy. However, if our patients need surgery, they can rest assured that they are in good hands.

Below is a brief overview of the types of caner the Gynecologic Oncology Clinic treats:

  • Cervical cancer: Once one of the most common types of cancer, cervical cancer accounts for just 2.5 percent of cancers diagnosed in women today. These cancers mostly begin in the surface cells lining the cervix.
  • Vaginal cancer: This relatively rare form of cancer is found in the tissues of the vagina or birth canal. This type of cancer is most common in women over the age of 60 and women born in the 1950s who were exposed in utero to a drug called DES, which was used to prevent miscarriage.
  • Ovarian cancer: There are more than 21,000 cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed in the United States each year. Usually, ovarian cancer is found in women age 55 or older.
  • Uterine/endometrial cancer: This type of cancer usually occurs after menopause. Endometrial cancer forms in the lining of the uterus; uterine cancer, which is less common, begins in the connective tissue and muscle cells of the uterus.
  • Molar pregnancy: In one out of every 1,000 women with pregnancy symptoms, the cause is what’s known as a molar pregnancy. This is a mass of tissue that forms an abnormal placenta in the uterus. A small percentage of molar pregnancies can develop into invasive cancers.

Outcomes & Survival

The gynecologic oncologists at Florida Hospital Orlando are at the forefront of their specialty. In fact, they have completed more than 3,000 procedures in 2012 alone. Because of their experience and expertise, these gynecologic oncologists also teach colleagues from around the world about new surgical procedures—including both traditional surgeries and minimally invasive robotic techniques that can lead to a speedier recovery with fewer side effects.

This experience is reflected in our outcomes. Since 2000, the Florida Hospital Gynecologic Oncology Clinic has performed more gynecologic oncology surgeries than any other hospital in Florida. Our clinical outcomes are among the best in the nation. We exceed the national average survival rates for patients with ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers, for example.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

At the FHCI Gynecology Oncology Program, we strive to use minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible. In fact, about 90 percent of the hysterectomies we perform are accomplished through minimally invasive, robot-assisted procedures. For our patients, this means a speedier recovery, less pain and fewer side effects—and they won’t be left with a large abdominal scar post surgery.

Four specialists at the Gynecologic Oncology Clinic— Dr. Robert W. HollowayDr. Giselle B. GhuraniDr. Glenn E. Bigsby and Dr. James Kendrick—frequently perform minimally invasive procedures to treat any type of female cancer. Obviating the need for an invasive, painful hysterectomy, these experts can completely remove cancer-ridden organs through eraser-sized holes. They can also check for and remove any cancerous lymph nodes.

The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute is accredited by several national cancer organizations for their quality, outcomes and comprehensive care. FHCI is accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (COC) and the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI). Most recently, our Clinical Research Center has been awarded a $2.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute’s Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP), allowing FHCI access to NCI’s prevention, control and treatment trials for cancer treatment and prevention. Learn more about clinical trials and The Florida Hospital Gynecology Cancer Program.

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