Radiation Medicine Treatment for Gynecologic Cancer at MedStar Georgetown
Each patient and diagnosis of gynecologic cancer is different. Medical research has shown that gynecological cancer patients treated by specialized gynecologic oncologists have better outcomes than those who are not treated by specialists. At MedStar Georgetown our specialized gynecology radiation oncologist will work with a network of fellow gynecologic oncologists to provide you with an individualized, multidisciplinary treatment plan to treat your specific cancer, whether it is cervical cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, or vulvar/vaginal cancer.
For many patients with gynecologic cancers, radiation medicine will be part of their treatment plan, either in place of, or in addition to, surgery. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays called photons, which can destroy cancer cells during high dose radiation treatments. This happens on the microscopic level; you will not feel the radiation itself during treatment. New technology allows physicians to effectively treat tumors with increased accuracy, minimizing the dose to surrounding healthy tissue and decreasing potential side effects. Your doctor will be able to answer any questions about short-term and long-term effects of radiation treatment on your reproductive health.
We commonly treat conditions including:
- Cervical cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Fallopian tube cancer
- Vaginal cancer
- Vulvar cancer
Specific treatment plans might include:
- External Beam Radiation: A frequently used treatment for gynecologic cancer, this treatment focuses radiation on the tumor from external machines. Radiation conforms to the shape of the tumor volume, treating the cancer while liming the exposure to normal tissue. External therapy is usually given over a five to seven-week period.
- Three-dimensional Radiation Therapy (3D-CRT)
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), also called RapidArc
- Internal Radiation (Brachytherapy): Radioactive sources are temporarily placed inside or near the tumor to decrease the area getting treated with radiation. Depending on your individual situation, you may be treated with High Dose Rate (HDR) or Low Dose Rate (LDR) Brachytherapy.
- CyberKnife Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) - This treatment method delivers large doses of highly focused radiation to the tumor site, sparing as much surrounding healthy tissue as possible. CyberKnife administers this treatment to tumors anywhere in the body, including the brain and spine, using a robotic arm. The concentrated, fewer large doses are typically more convenient, can cause fewer side effects, and may prove more effective than standard dose treatment options.
All patients benefit from our team’s commitment to cura personalis, or care for the whole person. We take seriously the importance of treating your cancer effectively, and also providing you with the many types of caring that support you in a challenging time.
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For more information or to schedule an appointment with a radiation oncologist, call our scheduling line:
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Radiation Medicine is an integral part of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer centers in the Washington, D.C., area. Learn More.
Radiation Oncologists Treating Gynecologic Cancer
The Department of Radiation Medicine conducts continuing clinical research that focuses on ways to more effectively and safely treat tumors with radiation while minimizing the amount of radiation critical organs and nearby healthy tissue receive.
Ask your physician to learn more about the research at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.