The Gynecologic Oncology Center at the Northwell Health Cancer Institute specializes in treating cancer and precancerous conditions of the female reproductive system. It is one of the largest and most comprehensive gynecologic oncology centers in the region.
Patients benefit from the center’s coordinated teams of specialists who are nationally recognized leaders in the field. This multidisciplinary approach encompasses the full scope of diagnostic, therapeutic and treatment options and includes surgical oncology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, pathology, oncology nursing, social services and cancer genetics. The result of this collaboration translates into a personalized treatment plan based on each patient’s uniquely individual treatment and emotional needs.
The center is staffed with experts in the latest technological treatment advances that include minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotically assisted surgery, laser therapy, hormonal and investigational chemotherapy and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).
The quality of life of the patient is paramount, and the physicians prescribe therapies with “life after cancer” in mind. For example, women in their reproductive years that are diagnosed with cervical, ovarian and endometrial cancers are treated with fertility-sparing techniques whenever possible.
Long Island Jewish Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital and Huntington Hospital have been designated as Academic Centers of Excellence for minimally invasive surgery in gynecologic oncology and gynecology by the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS).
The nationally recognized gynecologic oncologists at the center are at the forefront of research in the early detection of ovarian cancer and uterine cancer. As principal members of the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) — a National Cancer Institute sponsored organization conducting and coordinating research in cancers of the female reproductive system — the center participates in important clinical trials that give patients access to the most contemporary treatment alternatives and approaches to increase the prospects for a cancer-free life. In conjunction with the Northwell Health Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the center is actively involved in developing blood tests to accurately determine the absence or presence of early stage ovarian cancer before it manifests, as well as ongoing translational research programs for all gynecologic cancers. Center physicians are also involved in leading-edge programs in the prevention of cervical cancer through regular screenings and the identification of precancerous cervical lesions associated with papilloma virus infections.