University Gynecologic Oncology Patient Information

Gynecologic Oncology is a specialized field of medicine that focuses on cancers of the female reproductive system including ovarian, uterine, endometrial, cervical, vulvar and other female genital cancers.

Gynecologic cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in women, affecting approximately 1 in 20 women. In the United States each year, approximately 80,000 women are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer. Studies have demonstrated that women treated by a gynecologic oncologist have a better likelihood of prolonged survival.

Due to their extensive training and expertise, gynecologic oncologists can coordinate all aspects of a woman’s cancer care and recovery. Gynecologic oncologists understand the impact of cancer and its treatments on women’s lives including future childbearing, sexuality and physical and emotional well-being as well as the impact on the family.

Initial Appointments

Please bring to your appointment:

  • List of current medications
  • List of current physicians
  • List of allergies
  • Bring any insurance plans/cards including drug plans that you have
  • A family member (support group)
  • A written list of any questions you have

Postoperative Guidelines

Open Abdominal Surgery, Laparotomy, Open Hysterectomy

Minimally Invasive or DaVinci Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Vulvar Surgery

Prescription Policy

We do not call in narcotic prescriptions during night and weekend hours. We would be happy to schedule you an appointment to discuss such needs.

BELLES Gyn Support Group

This open format group meets monthly and provides women with an opportunity to share experiences, learn from one another, and to raise awareness though education about gynecologic cancers.  The focus is empowerment, stress management and developing healthy and effective ways to cope with cancer related issues.  The group is offered free of charge to any woman diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer, regardless of where she is receiving or received care.  For more information please call 865-305-5622.