Compassionate care for gynecologic cancer
Gynecologic Cancer Care in Nashville
Our gynecologic oncology care teams at Ascension Saint Thomas in Middle Tennessee provide specialty care for women. We start by listening to you and answering your questions. Then, we work together to create a personalized care plan that’s right for you.
- Our doctors are gynecologists and oncologists who specialize in treating female reproductive cancers.
- Cervical cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Uterine cancer (endometrial)
- Vaginal cancer
- Vulva cancer
Prevent gynecologic cancers with cancer screening
Depending on your age and risk factors, we may test for different gynecologic cancers. Your exam may include:
- Endometrial tissue sample (Uterine cancer)
- Pap smear (Cervical and uterine cancer)
- Pelvic exam (Cervical and ovarian cancer)
Our doctors focus on preventive care and surveillance of precancer lesions. Talk to our care team if you are experiencing abdominal and pelvic pain and have changes in your period. Having a family member with breast cancer or ovarian cancer is a risk factor for developing a gynecologic cancer. Ascension Saint Thomas also provides genetic testing for the BRCA1, BRCA2 or PALB2 genes and offers genetic counseling for you and your family.
Multi-specialty cancer treatment
At Ascension Saint Thomas, we offer advanced care options and cancer support services. Our gynecologic oncologists are part of a multi-specialty cancer care team. A treatment plan for gynecologic cancer may include a combination of:
- Post-chemo maintenance therapy
- Radiation therapy
- Surgical management
Targeted therapy is also available for some types of ovarian cancer. PARP inhibitor drugs target specific proteins on or inside the cancer cells. The drugs help stop cell growth and the spread of cancer.
For some cancers, surgery may be needed. Whenever possible, we use minimally invasive surgery. This surgical technique may lead to a shorter recovery time.
Gynecologic oncology specialists in Middle Tennessee
Our doctors and nurse practitioners have offices in Nashville at Ascension Saint Thomas Midtown Cancer Center, Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford in Murfreesboro and in Franklin, Tennessee.
Cancer support and wellness
At Ascension Saint Thomas our Gynecologic Wellness Center is led by our specialty-trained nurse practitioners. Our care team offers compassionate care in a holistic environment to help you manage cancer treatment side effects, such as:
- GI discomfort
- Menopause symptoms
- Sexual dysfunction
- Urinary frequency
We educate you about post-chemo maintenance therapy and how hormone replacement therapy may help improve menopause symptoms. Ascension Saint Thomas Midtown Cancer Center offers other cancer support services such as genetic tests and counseling, nutrition support and pelvic floor physical therapy. Talk to our patient navigator to learn more.