Dr. Paul Magtibay discusses which physician a woman should seek once diagnosed with cervical cancer.
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Choosing a Doctor for Cervical Cancer Treatment When a woman is diagnosed with cervical cancer, in my opinion, it’s very important that she seek the care of a gynecologic oncologist because there are many factors that we need to look into to determine how best to treat that woman. For example, we talked about a woman who is young and may still want children in the future. There may be the opportunity or the potential to manage her without removing the uterus. So she potentially could carry her own pregnancy. Second is, is that if that early cancer is diagnosed, the type of hysterectomy performed is extremely important. We need to know many, or numerous pathologic factors that determine whether or not we can get by with just a simple hysterectomy – the garden-variety hysterectomy that everybody gets. Or do we need to do a type-2 or type-3 radical hysterectomy where we remove the lymph nodes or remove the area around the cervix because if an improper surgical procedure is performed that will adversely affect a woman’s survivability of the disease. We also need to know, does the woman need radiation therapy or chemotherapy either before surgery, instead of surgery, or after surgery. And therefore I think we have that advantage here at Mayo Clinic with our multi specialty approach where I service as a surgical oncologist and that’s all that I do. I have medical oncologists that specifically specialize in GYN cancers and radiation oncologists that specifically work with radiation and the gynecologic cancers.