If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with gynecologic cancer, you can count on Mercy for expert cancer care from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.
We offer comprehensive, compassionate care for ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer and other cancers that affect a woman’s reproductive system. Our gynecologic oncologists bring the latest therapies, advanced technology and years of experience to every woman in our care. Your entire Mercy team of professionals works closely together to ensure you and your family understand your diagnosis and explore the most appropriate treatment options.
Some types of gynecologic cancer have no symptoms in the earliest stages. That’s why it is so important to have a regular well-woman exam and Pap smears to detect diseases such as cervical cancer as early as possible. Also, let your physician know any time you have unusual abdominal or pelvic pain, vaginal bleeding between periods, pain during intercourse or skin changes in your genital area. Any of these symptoms that are persistent for more than 10-15 days a month warrant an evaluation.
Most gynecologic cancers are treated with surgery, including less invasive robotic-assisted surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Often, a combination of treatments is most effective. Your team will personalize your treatment plan to your individual needs and health profile.
As a faith-based health care organization, Mercy focuses on treating the whole person -- body, mind and spirit. Our integrative medicine specialists offer therapies such as acupuncture and meditation to help you with the physical symptoms and emotional challenges of cancer. We will connect you with valuable resources, such as support groups and cancer survivors who understand what you’re going through.
You may also want to think about joining a clinical trial. Mercy participates in a variety of clinical trials to help patients access new treatment options, including the Cancer Research for the Ozarks. Clinical trials have potential benefits and risks. By looking closely at all options, your Mercy care team will help you take an active role in decisions affecting your life.
Whatever you need, know that Mercy will provide exceptional care for you every step of the way.