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About gynecological cancer care

We are one of the largest gynecology-dedicated care teams in Canada offering patients highly specialized treatments for cancers of the uterus, ovary, cervix, vulva, vagina and for gestational trophoblastic tumours.

We are:

  • Experts in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery and leaders in practice improvements
  • Very active in national and international clinical trials and research
  • Pioneers in sentinel lymph node mapping in vulvar and cervical cancers
  • Leaders in advanced ovarian cancer care
  • Internationally known for expertise in gestational trophoblastic tumours
  • Very active with an interstitial brachytherapy program. Our new state-of-the art brachytherapy suite with integrated MR imaging and treatment capabilities is now up and running.

We have a team approach. Patients see many clinicians at the same time at our Gynecological Cancer clinic for coordinated, expedited care and assessment, and to discuss an individualized treatment plan. The care team provides expertise across surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, gynecology, specialized oncology nursing, pathology, genetics, pharmacy, and supportive care services that include psychology, social work, clinical nutrition and psychiatry.

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Unique highlights

Cervix cancer care: For women in their childbearing years with early stage cervix cancer, we offer fertility-saving radical trachelectomy surgery. Sunnybrook pioneered this procedure which is much less invasive than the standard full hysterectomy. We offer less invasive sentinel lymph node biopsy technique to detect metastases. This technique, which we were the first to adapt, is as accurate as standard full pelvic lymph node dissection.

Minimally invasive surgery: We provide expertise in laparoscopic surgery in endometrial cancer, cervix cancer, and early stage ovarian cancer. This includes staging procedures such as pelvic and para-aortic lymph node dissections, or radical hysterectomies, with the potential for patients to go home the day of surgery.

MRI-guided brachytherapy and interstitial brachytherapy: We are one of only a few centres in Canada to offer interstitial brachytherapy treatment for gynecological cancers. This specialized treatment uses CT (computed tomography) imaging for guidance and involves the application of interstitial catheters directly into tissue to achieve high ablative doses of radiation to tumours.

Our new dedicated MRI brachytherapy suite will allow for improved image-guidance for interstitial brachytherapy and intracavitary brachytherapy.

SHARE Clinic: Our Sexual Health And REcovery Clinic is the first of its kind in Canada, and is dedicated to helping women work through the impact on sexuality and sexual function after treatment for pelvic cancers.

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Gynaecologic cancer information, treatment options and resources

Uterine (endometrial) cancers

We are one of only a few Canadian centres to offer minimally invasive surgery with comprehensive surgical staging with most patients going home the day of surgery. Pelvic radiotherapy is offered using an IMRT(intensity modulated radiation therapy) approach, which is more targeted than traditional approaches. We also offer localized treatment to the vagina only, for many patients.

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Ovarian cancers

We provide assessments and counseling for individuals at high risk through our Cancer Genetics and High Risk program. We offer expertise in the management of early stage and advanced ovarian cancer. We offer advanced surgical techniques, and provide intraperitoneal chemotherapy for optimally debulked ovarian cancers, and are involved in clinical trials with the latest therapies.

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Cervix (Cervical) cancers

We are internationally known for leading practice improvements in minimally invasive surgical approaches. We pioneered fertility-saving radical trachelectomy surgery for women in their childbearing years with early stage cervix cancer. We were also the first to adapt the sentinel lymph node biopsy technique to detect metastases for cervix cancer. This technique is significantly less invasive but as accurate as standard full pelvic lymph node dissection. For patients with large cancers, we offer specialized brachytherapy techniques.

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Vulvar cancers

We offer substantial expertise in the care of these rare tumours. Our multi-disciplinary team sees and treats the most patients in the province. Treatments include surgery and radiation. We also offer the sentinel node technique to determine staging. This technique provides a less invasive assessment that is as accurate as the standard biopsy. We have the most experience with the sentinel node technique for vulvar cancer in the province.

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Gestational trophoblastic tumours

We are one of only a few cancer centres in Canada to offer specialized treatment. We are internationally known for our expertise and lead in the management of these tumours.

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