Gynecologic cancer care in Jacksonville | Ascension
Women hugging; gynecologic oncologists at Ascension St. Vincent’s Cancer Care deliver advanced cancer care for women.

Personalized care for gynecologic cancers

Ascension St. Vincent’s Cancer Care takes a compassionate, personalized approach to women’s health and gynecologic cancer care.

When you choose Ascension St. Vincent’s, you get a multidisciplinary team of doctors, prioritizing early and customized treatment: board-certified, fellowship-trained gynecologic oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, a care navigator, and a dedicated team of oncology nurses, dietitians, and cancer specialists. At Ascension St. Vincent’s, we provide comprehensive pelvic exams, and advanced diagnostic tests and treatments for all types of gynecologic cancers, including:

  • Cervical cancer
  • Endometrial (uterine) cancer
  • Fallopian tube cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Vaginal cancer
  • Vulvar cancer
  • Precancerous human papillomavirus infection (HPV) in the cervix and vulva
  • Rare gynecologic sarcomas, also called rhabdomyosarcoma

At Ascension St. Vincent’s Cancer Care in Jacksonville, Florida, our experienced gynecologic (GYN) oncologists are part of a national team of doctors, sharing best practices and advanced treatment options for gynecologic cancer care – bringing the best of oncology to you, close to home.

Our gynecologic oncologists specialize in minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgeries. By using smaller incisions, you may experience a shorter recovery time.


When you’re going through gynecologic cancer care, we’re by your side

Cancer is personal, so is the way we care for you. When you choose Ascension St. Vincent’s cancer care, you’re never alone. You’ll have face-to-face visits with your doctor, and you’ll have an entire care team, dedicated to your care – connecting the dots for you. Your doctor and care team will take the time to answer all your questions – big and small. By getting to know you and working together, you get a care plan that’s customized to your needs. And with a plan, comes hope. Our goal is to help you recover faster so you can get back to home, family, life and self.

Team approach helps navigate tests and support services

Along the way, your care may require imaging, lab tests, pharmacy support, physical therapy or other specialists. You do not have to navigate your care alone. Upon your cancer diagnosis, or when you come to us during your cancer care, you’re paired with a cancer care navigator. Your care navigator will help you schedule appointments and connect with other services you need. When you have a concern or feel unsure, don’t hesitate to talk with your care team.

Benefits of our approach to gynecologic cancer care

Cancer specialists on your care team review your treatment and progress. They work together to customize your overall care plan to support your physical well-being and mental and emotional health. Ascension St. Vincent’s Cancer Care offers comprehensive gynecologic oncology cancer care, including:

Advanced surgical treatments – Surgeons are highly trained in innovative surgical approaches using robotic surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and other image-guided minimally invasive techniques to remove a tumor and preserve healthy tissue.

  • Cervical cancer – For cervical cancer treatment, gynecologic surgeons at Ascension St. Vincent’s use less invasive robotic surgery with high-definition 3D visualization to remove abnormal growths. If hysterectomy is recommended as part of your care plan, you and your doctor will discuss all options and what they mean for you. Ascension St. Vincent's specialists also offer treatment options for early-stage cervical cancer and for women of child-bearing years. Radical cervix removal (also called radical trachelectomy) may help preserve fertility.
  • Uterine cancer – This cancer, also called endometrial cancer, is the most common of the gynecologic cancers. Whenever possible, gynecologic surgeons at Ascension St. Vincent’s perform minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery with the goal of removing tumors and sparing healthy tissue. If your surgery may impact your ability to have children, such as if hysterectomy is recommended as part of your care, you and your doctor will discuss all of your options and what they mean for you.
  • Other gynecologic cancers – Multidisciplinary cancer specialists at Ascension St. Vincent’s deliver combination therapies – surgery combined with the latest chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatment options for early and late-stage disease, including BRCA-mutated (gBRCAm or sBRCAm) epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer.

Genetic and molecular tests – Your doctor may refer you for advanced genetic and molecular tests that help identify abnormal cell growth and analyze how your type of cancer may respond to different types of treatments or travel (metastasize) to distant organs.

Imaging – Ultrasound, MRI and CT are common diagnostic tests for gynecologic cancers. At Ascension St. Vincent’s, we connect you with imaging that helps your doctor personalize your care plan.

Image-guided technology for biopsy and ablation – Our highly trained gynecologic oncologists use advanced imaging techniques for tissue biopsy. Image-guided ablation is used to help treat recurrent cancer that is detected in the tissue lining a reproductive organ.

Medical oncology – Medical oncologists work with your gynecologic oncologist to deliver advanced care, such as low-dose sensitizing chemotherapy to enhance the effects of radiation therapy. Working together, your gynecologic oncologist and medical oncologist provide hormone therapy and targeted immunotherapy to help prevent recurrence and to help stop cancer spread.

Radiation oncology Advanced radiation therapies (brachytherapy, 3D conformal, IMRT, and SBRT) are used to target and destroy cancer cells while reducing the impact on the surrounding healthy tissue.

Clinical trials If you want to learn more about other possible cancer care options, talk to your doctor. You may want to ask whether cancer clinical trials are the right option for you.

Oncology rehabilitation - such as lymphedema therapy – Specially trained physical therapists deliver therapy to help relieve pelvic pain and lymphedema symptoms after surgery.

Support programs and resources – Your cancer care navigator and team provides support – from nutrition education and counseling to cancer support groups, and spiritual care. And, at Ascension St. Vincent’s sites of care, our healing gardens and chapels are always open to patients and your loved ones. We offer supportive care and activities for the whole you. For more information, please call 904-308-7546.

Get a second opinion on your cancer diagnosis or care plan

Doctor talking to a female patient.Get the confidence and peace of mind that your doctor and care plan are right for you. It's easy to get a second opinion at Ascension St. Vincent’s. We can review your medical records and healthcare history to answer your questions and discuss options. Talk with one of our doctors about a personalized care plan.

When you are facing a new gynecologic cancer diagnosis or are deciding on a surgical or therapeutic treatment plan, there’s a lot to think about. Our gynecologic oncologists can provide a second opinion, based on our experience and as part of a national team.

Before your appointment, check with your insurance company to find out if a second opinion is covered. We can request your medical records on your behalf, so that they can be shared with your care team before your arrival.


Frequently asked questions about our gynecologic oncology services

  • What tests are used to diagnose gynecologic cancer?

    Your care team focuses on identifying if the tumor is non-invasive or invasive, and to understand where the tumor began and whether or not it has spread. Diagnostic blood testing, imaging, biopsy or diagnostic surgery help your doctor diagnose your condition, and stage even the most rare cancers. And we use advanced molecular studies to recognize cancer subtypes and genetic mutations, to create a care plan for your type of cancer.

  • Does Pap smear help detect cervical cancer early?

    Getting regular pelvic exams may help find cervical cancer and other gynecologic cancers early, when they’re most treatable. Talk with your doctor about the screenings that are right for you, based on your age, family history and risk factors.

    For cervical cancer screening, women in their 20s should begin getting a regular Pap test, also called a Pap smear. In your 30s and as you age, women should continue getting the Pap test and add the HPV test, as recommended by your doctor.  When you choose a women’s health specialist at Ascension St. Vincent’s for your care, you are connected to all the care you need – from routine screenings to advanced care. Find a gynecologist.

  • What is your gynecologic oncology clinic known for?

    Your doctor and care team get to know you well, and you’ll receive care for the whole person – your physical and mental health. We also provide compassionate, personalized support for your family and caregivers. At Ascension St. Vincent’s, we diagnose and treat all types of gynecologic cancers and deliver care including surgery, radiation therapy and targeted medication therapies. When you choose Ascension St. Vincent’s, you get experienced cancer specialists who are part of a national team, sharing best practices and the latest in cancer care knowledge and research.

    At Ascension St. Vincent’s, we provide comprehensive tests, pelvic exams and treatments for gynecologic cancers, including:

    • Colposcopy
    • Fine needle biopsy
    • Gynecologic ablation procedures
    • Gynecologic surgery, such as hysterectomy
    • Hormone therapy
    • Lymph node dissection
    • Medical oncology
    • Radiation oncology, such as TomoTherapy®
  • Who is on my cancer care team?

    Hearing the word cancer comes with a lot of thoughts and emotions, and we’re ready to support you. You'll meet with your doctor to discuss your diagnosis and your care options. At Ascension St. Vincent’s, your care team may include:

    • Gynecology oncologist and surgeon
    • Medical oncologist
    • Oncology-certified nurses, dietitians and social workers
    • Oncology-certified pharmacist
    • Palliative care specialist
    • Radiation oncologist
    • Radiologist
    • Rehabilitation lymphedema therapists and pelvic floor therapists
  • Who should I call when I have questions?

    When you choose Ascension St. Vincent’s for your cancer care, you get an entire team dedicated to your care. You may have a lot of concerns and questions. Your doctor and care team are ready to listen and answer your questions. Working together, we offer services that help support your treatment plan, including managing pain and other symptoms, medications, appetite changes, sleeplessness, fatigue and mood changes. Your entire care team stays connected throughout your care to discuss your treatment and progress.

  • Is financial assistance and support available?

    We can connect you with resources and programs that may be able to help you and your family with options for financial assistance. Our financial counseling team is here to listen to your concerns and work with you to help find options that meet your needs.

  • Where do I park?

    At Ascension St. Vincent’s, we offer convenient parking, by a valet if needed. Talk to your care team/navigator if you have transportation needs.

  • My doctor told me about an enhanced recovery program, what is that?

    Surgical oncologists and anesthesiologists provide enhanced recovery pathways as part of your surgical care plan. They are an important part of our cancer treatment programs. Each pathway is personalized for different types of cancer treatment, to help speed up your recovery after surgery. Your care team uses these protocols to help you prepare for what to expect before, during and after surgery.

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