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Why Choose WCHN For Gynecological Cancer Treatment?

Western Connecticut Health Network’s gynecologic oncology program provides comprehensive expert care. Led by Thomas J. Rutherford, MD, PhD., a nationally known leader in the treatment of gynecologic cancers who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of ovarian cancer.  Our physicians have subspecialty expertise in all types of gynecologic cancer care.


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Risk Factors and Screenings

Being aware of your risk level for gynecological cancer can help you make informed decisions. To prevent unnecessary surgery, the latest recommendations advise women at low-risk against screening for ovarian cancer; however, women at increased risk may choose to have additional testing beyond annual pelvic exams and PAP tests.

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Gynecologic Cancer Diagnosis

If you have an abnormal PAP smear or other symptoms that suggest the possibility of a gynecologic cancer, your doctor may order diagnostic tests such as:

●      Biopsy

●      CA-125

●      Colposcopy

●      Dilation and curettage (D&C)

●      Pap test

●      Pelvic ultrasound

●      Transvaginal ultrasound (TVU)

●      CT scan

●      PET/CT scan

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

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Treatment

Our Western Connecticut Health Network physicians provide personalized cancer treatment based on your specific diagnosis. Factors weighed in identifying the optimal treatment for each patient include the type and stage of your cancer, along with your own treatment goals and lifestyle.

Each patient diagnosed with gynecologic cancer benefits from review by our multidisciplinary Gynecologic Oncology tumor board. Together the team arrives at a personalized treatment plan.

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Support During and After Treatment

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for patients and their loved ones.  Our support staff includes oncology trained social workers and therapists, nurse navigators, financial navigators, oncology nurses, oncology dietitians, radiation therapists and others. They are here to support and care for you and your caregivers throughout your diagnosis and treatment. We offer many supportive services to help with the questions and concerns that may arise during treatment, and beyond, in your life as a survivor of cancer.

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