Whats gynecologic oncology?

GYN oncology. These are the doctors who have trained in ob/gyn and than they have gone on and done additional training just to learn how to take care of women's gynecological cancers...Like cervical, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.
Women's Cancer. Gyn Oncologists are trained in treating gynecologic cancers (mostly uterus, cervix, ovary, vulva/vagina) using surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hormonal treatment and newer "biologicals". They are the "quarterback" of women's cancer care so if you have a gyn cancer you should have a gyn oncologist are part of your cancer fighting team from diagnosis through survivorship.

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What is gynecologic oncology?

What is gyn oncology. This is the practice of medicine specifically taking care of women's gynecological cancers...Like cervical, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancer. Read more...
Sub-specialty. It is a sub-specialty field in obstetrics and gynecology where they only see and treat cancer patients. Think of them as special cancer doctors for gyne cancers only. Read more...

How does a gynecologic oncology practice work?

Female organ cancer. Gynecologist oncologist treats female related cancers in genetalia, female pelvic area like vagina, uterus, ovaries etc. She/ he performs surgery and often gives chemotherapy as well. Breast is usually not treated by gyn/ onc. Read more...
Comprehensive Care. Not sure what you're asking but gyn oncologists are trained to treat cancer surgically, use chemo & newer "biological" treatments, as well as recommend radiation. They are the "quarterback" of gynecologic cancer care. Some don't give chemo & work with a medical oncologist, but should still be part of your team throughout care. If you have a gynecologic cancer or suspect it, get a gyn onc opinion. Read more...

If I need colpo after seeing gyno, do I go to gynecologic oncology afterward?

F/u w/ your gyne. A gynecologist can do a colposcopy. Follow up with your gynecologist. If she/he thinks that you need to be seen by a gynecology oncologist-she/he will refer you to see one. Read more...
Not always. Colposcopy is fairly general and therefore, general ob/gyns can perform it and if there is a bonafide malignancy, they can be referred to a gynecologic oncologist for a consultation. Read more...
Maybe but not always. If the results are negative (maybe inflammation only) or "low grade" very early pre-cancer is found, these can be treated by ObGyn. Even those that are moderate to severe dysplasia (all pre-cancer) can be treated by ObGyn. However, if there is any question or doubt at any point, or if invasive cancer is diagnosed on biopsy then a gyn oncologist should be seen at least for a second opinion. Read more...

How does a gynecologic oncology surgeon work?

Female cancer . They do all female genital and reproductive organ cancer surgeries. Read more...
Office/OR. They are surgeons and they see pts in the office, some can administer chemotherapy, and all of them can perform surgeries. Depending on the type of gyne-cancer a patient has and it's severity (stage), the patients may require some or all of the above. Read more...

What is a gynecologic oncology doctor?

Cancer gynecologist. Gyn onc doctors primarily deal with cancers of the female gynecologic organs such as uterine cancer, ovarian cancer to name a few. Read more...
Gyn oncology. Gynecologic oncologists are the physicians trained to take care of women's reproductive cancers (ovarian, uterine, cervical, vaginal, vulvar, peritoneal, fallopian tube and placental cancers). They perform the surgery and chemotherapy and help plan the radiation. Other doctors are not specifically trained to take care of these cancers. Read more...

Fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine, can I get a fellowship in gynecologic oncology afterward?

Sure. You can do as much training as you want. You just have to be accepted into a program for it. Read more...
Yes. These are 3-year fellowships a piece so after 4 yrs of medical school, 4 yrs of residency in ob/gyn, 3 yrs of a maternal fetal medicine, if you have the time, you can apply and complete another 3-year fellowship. At some point in time however, you will need to make a living to pay off loans if you have any, and it would be difficult to maintain your certifications in two different fields. Read more...
Theoretically yes... In practice, few if any physicians can endure 11 years of training and resident pay. Additionally, most program directors would frown upon the switch in direction as a sign of personality imbalance and/or unpredictability and would be reluctant to hire you after the first fellowship without a very good reason. Given that both subspecialties are now quite competitive, i advise against trying this. Read more...
Fellowships. You can do a fellowship in a sub specialty after completing a 4 year residency in OB/GYN. A fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine takes 3 years. A fellowship in Gynecological Oncology takes 3 or 4 years depending on the program. You can do a second fellowship after completing another fellowship. . Read more...