What doctors and specialists treat cervical cancer?

Barbara A. Goff, MD
Gynecologic Oncology

If you have been diagnosed with cervical cancer the first doctor that you need to see is a gynecologic oncologist. These are specially trained doctors with expertise in gynecologic cancers, like cervical cancer, and they also have additional training in advanced surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. The first question that your gynecologic oncologist will determine is what stage cancer you have and find out your desires for future fertility. Depending on the stage of cancer and your wish for future pregnancy then a treatment plan can be made.

The best treatment of cervical cancer requires a multidisciplinary team approach. Cancer patients benefit from multidisciplinary case reviews, which can include specialists from various disciplines:
  • Cancer Nurse Navigator: a registered nurse with special training who can help answer your questions and provide information on resources and support services.
  • Gynecologic oncologist: an obstetrician/gynecologist with additional fellowship training in the study and treatment of cancers of the reproductive system.
  • Pathologist: a physician who examines tissues and cells under a microscope to determine if they are normal or abnormal.
  • Radiation oncologist: a physician specializing in treating cancer with radiation therapy.
  • Radiologist: a physician who uses x-rays and other imaging tests to diagnose disease.

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