How has treatment improved for patients with gynecologic cancers, and in your opinion, what is the outlook for gynecologic cancer in the next five years?
Treatment options have improved and there are some exciting new treatments available, especially in women with endometrial (uterine) cancer. Women are also tolerating cancer treatment well and can often live very normal lives while on treatment. While ovarian cancer is still one of the most challenging cancers in regards to early detection, I am hopeful that more women will learn about genetic testing and more cancers can be prevented in the future.
What advice do you have for women who may be struggling with intimacy after a cancer diagnosis and treatment, or who are dealing with side effects?
You are not alone! So many patients struggle with the emotional, physical, and hormonal impact of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. My best advice is to ask for help from your oncology team. Or reach out to me and I'm happy to guide you in the right direction.
As we honor Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, what do you want our patients and families to pause and remember?
This month, we will all stop to remember the loved ones who we have lost from gynecologic cancers. They motivate our team every day to provide the best care, and work hard to find new opportunities for treatment and prevention.