Each year more than 80,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with a GYN cancer. These cancers, which start in a woman’s reproductive tract, have symptoms that can resemble other illnesses -- bloating, pelvic pain, bleeding, and feeling full quickly -- can all be symptoms diagnosed under the guise of gastrointestinal, menopause, stress or other familiar problems.
These diagnoses, when wrong, take away precious moments for a patient to get treatment; and time is especially important for patients with gynecologic cancers. Northside's team of gynecologic oncologists, surgeons and specialty-trained oncology nurses provide patients with the highest level of expertise to diagnose, evaluate and treat GYN cancers. In 2006, Northside introduced robotic hysterectomy for oncology patients using the daVinci Robotic System. With the skill of our surgeons and surgerical team Northside ranks in the top 5% in the world for GYN robotic procedures. Combining laparoscopic with robotic technology, this system allows our surgeons to perform more precise less invasive procedures. As a result, our patients experience reduced post-operative pain and shorter recovery times.
Northside Hospital leads the Southeast in diagnosing and treating more cases of GYN cancers -- endometrial, ovarian and cervical -- than any other hospital in Georgia. A proven leader in women's health, Northside has been voted Most Preferred for Women's/GYN Services by the National Research Corporation Healthcare Market Guide for nine years.
Northside has a dedicated an inpatient cancer unit specifically for women diagnosed with gynecologic cancer and was renovated recently in 2011. Nurses and staff are specially trained in gynecologic cancer, chemotherapy and symptom management to provide resources, care and overall support. - personalized care
Northside leads the way in groundbreaking procedures. GYN cancer patients benefit from Northside's expertise and state-of-the-art technology for the shortest, most optimal recovery available. Northside ranks in the top five percent of of hospitals in the United States using robotic procedures to treat women with GYN cancer. In addition, Northside offers hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemoperfusion (HIPEC), a procedure in which heated chemotherapy is administered into the patient's abdominal cavity during surgery to penetrate diseased tissue. Combining HIPEC and minimally invasive robotic surgery, Northside performed the first reported robotic HIPEC surgery for ovarian cancer in 2011.
GYN Nurse Navigators are registered nurses with specialized training in gynecologic oncology. Nurse navigators accompany patients through diagnosis, treatment and recovery, helping patients navigate the healthcare system. Gynecological cancers have an extremely high rate of recurrence, making the education and support of a trained nurse navigator, even more crucial. For information on Nurse Navigators at Northside, please call (404) 300-2571.
As part of our commitment to providing the latest treatment available, we participate in clinical trials, including an international trial for radioimmunotherapy, an innovative treatment for ovarian cancer. In addition, Northside has increased clinical trials available to patients through membership in Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), an NCI-research consortium, through Georgia Clinical Research & Education (GA CORE). For a complete list of open clinical trials, visit the Clinical Trials section under our Medical Services offerings.
Certain types of gynecologic cancers, such as ovarian, may have a genetic link. Northside Hospital offers a free evaluation of your risk of hereditary cancer. Our specially trained hereditary counselors will meet with individuals to review family history, provide education and counseling. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (404) 851-6284.