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Gynecological Cancers

Gynecological cancers include several types, such as cervical, ovarian and uterine. Since each type of gynecological cancer is unique, with different signs, symptoms, risk factors and prevention strategies, the healthcare professionals at Summa Health Cancer Institute combine the latest technology with a comprehensive course of cancer treatment options.

The 5-year survival rate for gynecological cancers drops in advanced stages of the disease. Unfortunately, too many women wait to see a doctor until they experience symptoms. By then, the cancer may have spread and be more difficult to treat and cure. That’s why it is so important to schedule a regular screening and undergo recommended check-ups with a gynecologist.

Preventive Screenings

Pap tests are the most effective way of preventing or avoiding cervical cancer.  In the case of ovarian and uterine cancers, there are no recommended tests or screening to find the cancers BEFORE symptoms develop. Many women with ovarian cancer have pelvic or abdominal discomfort; an ultrasound is traditionally performed. Most women with uterine cancer have abnormal bleeding; usually, an office endometrial biopsy is performed.

If any unusual symptoms are experienced, a number of additional tests such as ultrasound, biopsy or a blood test may be performed by your healthcare professional to determine if there is a malignancy of any type.


Summa’s comprehensive cancer treatment plan utilizes cutting-edge technology such as:

  • 3D CT imaging
  • Minimally invasive surgery

Use of minimally-invasive, robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery allows surgeons to safely perform delicate and complex procedures such as removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Minimally invasive techniques provide benefits to patients, including less post-operative pain, faster recovery times, less bleeding and less scarring. Minimally invasive robotic surgery may not be the best option for everyone. Your physician can explain all of the options available to treat your condition, including whether you’re a good candidate for minimally invasive robotic surgery.

Learn about Summa’s use of the daVinci robotic-assisted system for minimally invasive surgery.

If chemotherapy treatments are needed, they will be managed by a gynecologic oncologist, something not typically found in other cancer centers. If radiation therapy is required, Summa’s gynecologic oncologists work closely with the radiation oncologists.

All treatment is conducted at Summa Health Jean & Milton Cooper Pavilion on Summa Health System – Akron Campus. Summa Health Cancer Institute follows nationally established guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network for follow-up examinations.

Patients with newly diagnosed cases of gynecologic cancer are seen within 48 hours of referral, and surgery is scheduled soon after.

Find out more about Summa’s gynecologic cancer treatment program and gynecologic cancer screening services.

Cervical Cancer Screening


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