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Gynecologic Cancers

Gynecologic Cancer is commonly treated with radiation therapy.  The technology we use and the number of treatments depends on how advanced the cancer is (stage) and what type of symptoms you have (if any). 

 

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Gynecologic Cancer, click the link below to request a consultation with a Coastal Radiation Oncologist.

  • Typical Treatments

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  • What To Expect

    Once your doctors have determined that radiation therapy may be part of the treatment plan for your Gynecologic Cancer, there will be a few steps to allow the radiation oncology team to begin treatment safely. 

     

    These include:

     

     - CT simulation
     - Treatment plan design (dosimetry)

     - Verification

     - Start of daily treatments

     - Weekly doctor visits with your radiation oncologist

  • Side Effects

    Short term:

     

    Side effects are usually temporary and usually go away shortly after treatment ends. Below is a list of possible side effects you might notice during your treatment.

    More likely

    • Urinary discomfort/urgency

    • Ovarian failure

    • Loose stools/diarrhea

    • Fatigue

    • Skin redness/irritation 

     

    Less likely

    • Rectal urgency

    • Hair loss

    • Blood in urine

    • Blood in stool

    • Decreased blood count

     

    Long term:

     

    After the short-term side effects of radiation therapy resolve, others may become noticeable months or years later.

    More likely

    • Infertility  

    • Early menopause

    • Decreased vaginal secretion/dryness

    • Vaginal stenosis/narrowing

    • Loose stools/diarrhea

    • Rectal urgency

     

    Less likely

    • Urinary frequency/urgency

    • Blood in urine

    • Bowel obstruction

    • Lymphedema

    • Hip and bone fractures

    • Fistula of bowel/vagina/bladder

    • Stricture of bowel/vagina/urethra

    • Secondary cancer

  • More Information

    For more information about the diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer, please visit the following websites:

     RT Answers   
    https://www.rtanswers.org/Cancer-Types/Gynecologic-Cancers

    American Cancer Society

    https://www.cancer.net/cancer-types

    Cancer.Net
    https://www.cancer.net/

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