Gynecologic cancer care in Richmond

At Sarah Cannon Cancer Instititute at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, we provide care for a range of gynecologic cancers affecting women, including cervical cancer, uterine cancer, endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer. Our hospital’s expert oncology team offers advanced treatment options and a designated gynecologic oncology nurse navigator who will be with you each step of the way.

For you have questions or concerns about gynecologic cancer, please contact us at (804) 545-7940.

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As a member of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Network of Excellence, our family of hospitals features leading-edge cancer treatment and clinical trials. Sarah Cannon offers modern therapies for people facing cancer across the U.S., and our partnership provides patients with personal, individualized care while benefiting from the network of resources Sarah Cannon has to offer.

askSARAH helpline

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, is pleased to offer access to askSARAH, a dedicated helpline designed to help answer your cancer-related questions. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or have questions about screenings, signs or symptoms, a registered askSARAH nurse can help. Committed to ensuring you have the right resources close to home, our nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (804) 591-4152 to connect directly to a nurse who can help you today.

Comprehensive care for women with gynecologic cancer

Our multidisciplinary cancer care team focuses on quality, personalized care with the goal for each patient to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Our team:

  • Participates in dedicated multi-specialty gynecologic cancer conferences to discuss individual patient cases and determine the most effective treatment as quickly as possible.
  • Specializes in minimally invasive robotic surgery, which offers precise control and access to hard-to-reach areas and allows complex surgeries to be performed through a few small incisions.
  • Provides genetic assessment, counseling and testing for patients who have certain kinds of gynecologic cancer or concerns about their personal and/or family history of cancer.
  • Offers access to national clinical research trials and leading-edge therapies.

Gynecologic cancer screening

Gynecologic cancer screening starts with your annual pelvic exam at your doctor’s office. During this exam your doctor may complete a Pap smear and an HPV test. Early detection is the key to effective treatment of gynecologic cancers. Speak with your gynecologist or primary care physician about your risk and screenings/examinations for gynecological cancer.

Gynecologic cancer treatment

Your treatment plan depends on what kind of gynecologic cancer you have and if it has spread. In some cases, your treatment may include chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.

When surgery is required, our gynecologic oncology surgeons will guide you through the process of determining the least invasive and most effective gynecologic cancer treatment options. We use innovative surgical techniques and robotic surgery to treat many types of cancer. This minimally invasive, advanced technology offers many benefits to patients, including:

  • Reduced pain
  • Smaller incisions
  • Less blood loss
  • Reduced scarring

Ultimately, robotic surgery results in a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery, allowing you to get back to your life more quickly.

Whatever is determined to be the best course of treatment for you, our specialists are here to care for you. Our patients also have access to our on-campus American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center, where you can use written materials and computer access to further research your disease and treatment plan.

Gynecological cancer support group

The gynecologic cancer support group is open to any woman affected by gynecological cancer. The group is open-ended and meets the second Monday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Sarah Cannon Ct Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. Most months, speakers present new information as dictated by the needs and wants of the group. Registration for this support group is not required.

Research demonstrates that women who participate in a support group following a cancer diagnosis experience a better quality of life due to the support and information offered in a group setting.

For more information about this support group, please contact Susan Guckenberg, our Cancer Center Social Worker, at (804) 200-7033.

Gynecologic cancer videos

  • Cecelia Boardman, MD - Gynecologic Oncologist - Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

  • Beatrice's Story - Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Henrico Doctors' Hospital

  • Tyler Ford, MD - Gynecologic Oncologist - Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Henrico Doctors' Hospital

  • Beatrice's Story - Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Henrico Doctors' Hospital

Watch more videos about our gynecologic cancer services