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What is a gynecologic oncologist?

Dr. Kevin R. Brader, MD
Gynecologic Oncologist

Gynecologic oncologists are the only comprehensive cancer practitioners who can perform all treatments for gynecologic cancer such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. They are trained to perform surgery to find and remove tumors that have spread in the pelvic and abdominal areas. Studies have shown that when these specialists perform the first surgery, especially for ovarian and uterine cancers, women experience better outcomes.

Dr. Nimesh P. Nagarsheth, MD
Gynecologic Oncologist

Gynecologic oncologists take care of women-specific cancers like ovarian and cervical cancer. In this video, Nimesh Nagarsheth, MD, a gynecolgic oncologist at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, discusses the diseases he treats.

A gynecologic oncology specialist is a medical doctor who receives an additional four years of training after completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. During this training, he or she acquires highly specialized expertise to stage, diagnose and treat all types of gynecologic cancer.

A gynecologic oncologist is trained to perform surgical procedures to remove as much cancer as possible, while sparing healthy tissue. These procedures often involve nearby organs and may include: colon resection, splenectomy and removal of tumors from the diaphragm.

In addition to learning these specialized surgical techniques, a gynecologic oncologist is trained to provide chemotherapy and comprehensive oncology care to a woman throughout the course of ovarian cancer treatment.

Dr. Sharyn N. Lewin, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

It is important for a woman who has developed a gynecologic cancer to be treated by a Gynecologic Oncologist. We are specialists, who have an additional 3-4 years of education and experience after completing training as an Obstetrican-Gynecologist.  We have specialized surgical training and can safely perform the extensive operations required for cancers of the ovary, uterus, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva. Unlike general surgeons and obstetrics/gynecologists, we are more likely to perform cytoreductive (extensive removal of tumor) operations resulting in better survivals and outcomes.

Gynecologic oncologists treat women with cancers of the pelvic and reproductive areas.

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