Gynecologic Cancer Care

The UW Medicine gynecologic cancer team consists of nationally recognized healthcare professionals with extensive clinical knowledge and the surgical expertise to prevent and treat cancers. This multidisciplinary team, led by UW Physicians, offers personalized treatment plans based on the type and stage of your cancer, as well as your genetics, life circumstances, and other factors unique to you.

Deciding on where to receive treatment is the most important decision a patient with cancer will make. Studies have shown that patients who begin their treatment at a top regional cancer center have better outcomes than those who start their treatment elsewhere. UW Medical Center (UWMC), in collaboration with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is the only National Comprehensive Cancer Network in the Pacific Northwest.

Where You Will Be Seen

The outpatient clinic is located at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) 8SE Gynecologic Oncology Clinic. Our physicians perform all surgical procedures at UWMC. If your treatment plan calls for radiation therapy, you will be seen at the SCCA outpatient clinic, while chemotherapy can be administered at either UWMC or SCCA.

If you have already been diagnosed with gynecologic cancer, you may also self-refer by calling the UWMC 8SE Gynecologic Oncology Clinic directly at 206-598-8300.

Comprehensive Team

UWMC has the largest number of board-certified gynecologic oncologists in the region. We focus on integrated, patient-centered care to maximize your quality of life and the opportunity for a cure.

Your multidisciplinary care team will be led by a gynecologic oncologist, with radiation oncologists, pathologists, psychiatrists, geneticists and palliative care physicians providing additional expertise. In addition, we have a well-coordinated support team, including radiation therapy technicians and highly specialized nurses trained in post-operative care, which means that our patients get out of the hospital — and back to their lives — faster and with fewer complications.

As an academic health system, UW Medicine is also able to offer its patients the opportunity to participate in the largest number of clinical trials for gynecologic cancers in the Pacific Northwest. Participation is optional, but patients who participate in these studies have the first chance to benefit from the latest and most innovative therapies.

Standard Treatment

Everyone’s cancer is different, which is why our treatment plans always begin with a comprehensive diagnosis. Your doctor will recommend treatment based on the type and stage of your cancer and other factors, such as your overall health, any potential side effects of treatment, and the probability of curing your disease, extending your life, and relieving your symptoms.

  • Our expert team is renowned for our research in cancer genetics, expertise in minimally invasive surgery, and novel biologic treatment of cancers, such as targeted immunotherapies and cancer vaccines.

Most people who have gynecologic cancer will be treated with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or hormonal or biological therapies:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation Therapy​
  • Systemic treatments:
    • Chemotherapy
    • Hormonal therapies
    • Biological therapies​

Many of our gynecologic cancer patients receive more than one of these treatments. Our patient-centered team also provides supportive care and pain management at every stage of the treatment process.