Joel I. Sorosky, MD
Specialty: Gynecologic Oncology
- Gynecologic Oncology
- OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Location and Office HoursHartford Hospital
80 Seymour St
Hartford, CT 06102
Is nutrition important for gynecologic cancers?
Kalli Castille, MS, RD, CSO, LD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)Yes, nutrition is important for any cancer prevention or treatment. With gynocologic cancers, it is important to use nutrition to combat common side effects such as early satiety or feeling full quickly. If you are experiencing early satiety, make every bite count. Eat nutrient dense foods such as plant based proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. Plant based proteins such as nuts, seeds, and legumes will provide protein for the immune system as well as healthy fiber and fats to the body.
Is there a cure for uterine sarcoma?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
The outcome of uterine sarcoma depends on the extent of the tumor and how early it is diagnosed. Some uterine sarcomas can be removed completely with surgery and are considered cured. However, recurrence is always a possibility with any type of cancer.
How are gynecologic cancers diagnosed?
Patricia Geraghty, NP, Advanced Practice Nursing, answeredThe easiest gynecological cancer to diagnose is fortunately also among the most common gynecological cancer. This is cancer of the cervix and can be diagnosed by a pap smear. The cervix is swabbed with a spatula and soft brush to collect cells which are then examined by a pathologist for cancer. Even better, cervical cells often show minor changes for a long period of time, warning to the risk of potential cancer. These minor cell changes can be treated and the cancer can be prevented.
Cancer of the lining of the uterus, endometrial cancer, often has symptoms of irregular bleeding or bleeding after menopause. It is also fairly easily diagnosed by an endometrial biopsy. A small pipelle passed through the opening in the cervix collects cells from the uterine lining. The cells are then examined for cancer.
Other gynecological cancers, such as cancers of the ovaries and fallopian tubes are more difficult to diagnose. They don't have specific symptoms that allow screening and diagnosis in the early stages. Some screening methods that have been studied, such as ultrasound and blood tumor markers, don't distinguish the presence of cancer from other findings or problems. If there is a strong suspicion of cancer, a biopsy must be done.
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