Your Winship care team draws on Emory’s vast resources in surgical oncology, radiation therapy and medical oncology, to provide the newest, most effective practices and treatments for uterine cancer and other gynecologic cancers.
The benefits of our multidisciplinary and highly experienced teams include:
- Access to doctors and surgeons who rank among the top cancer experts in the world.
- Weekly review of patient cases by the full team of experts.
- Coordinated scheduling for appointments among various specialties.
- Access to a nurse navigator to assist you throughout the treatment process.
- Access to support programs and groups for you and your caregivers.
- Availability of new treatment options within our clinical trials program.
The doctor may also conduct a variety of other exams and tests in order to better understand the patient's problem. Some of these exams include:
Pelvic Exam: a physician examines a woman's vagina, uterus, bladder, and rectum feeling for lumps and abnormal changes in shape or size.
Pap Test: a doctor swabs the cervix and upper vagina to collect cells that are examined in a laboratory to determine if any of the cells are abnormal.
Transvaginal Ultrasound: a doctor uses an instrument that is inserted into the vagina and emits sound waves. A pattern of echoes that results from the sound waves helps doctors to create pictures of the endometrium. This can help doctors to decide further courses of action.
Biopsy: a doctor removes a sample of tissue from the uterine lining so that it can be examined and tested for abnormal cells in a laboratory. A pathologist examines this tissue to check for cancer cells.
Most women are treated with surgery, some with radiation therapy, and a few women are treated with hormonal therapy. Some patients have a combination of therapies.
Surgery: The most common surgery is one that removes the uterus (hysterectomy) through a small incision in the abdomen. Both fallopian tubes and both ovaries are also removed. The lymph nodes surrounding the uterus may also be removed. Here at Winship, our doctors have pioneered a groin dissection technique for the removal of lymph nodes that improves recovery and lowers the risk of infection.
Radiation therapy: Internal and external radiation methods are used to shrink tumors or to lower the risk of the cancer returning in the abdomen. Learn more about radiation therapy treatments and services.
Hormonal therapy will prevent cancer cells from gaining what they need in order to grow.
In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team addresses these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselors, nurse navigators, dietitians and social service professionals.
Your Treatment Team
- As part of the genitourinary oncology team, Dr. Carthon treats patients with prostate, bladder, and renal cancers and other genitourinary malignancies.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
- (404) 778-1900
- An internationally renowned gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Ira Horowitz is the John D. Thompson Professor and Chairman of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine.
- Chief Medical Officer, Emory University Hospital
- (404) 778-3401
- Dr. Khanna collaborates with Winship's gynecologic cancer teams to deliver top care to patients with ovarian, endometrial, and cervical cancers.
- Director, Pelvic Surgery Fellowship, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine
- (404) 778-3401
- Dr. Patel specializes in the treatment of genitourinary and gynecological malignancies as well as the use of high-dose rate brachytherapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
- (404) 778-3473
- Dr. Read is a medical oncologist who cares for patients with gynecologic malignancies, brain tumors, sarcomas of soft tissue and bone and complicated skin cancers at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.
- Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
- (404) 778-1900
- Ms. Stanislaw provides genetic counseling, including risk assessment and test coordination, for individuals concerned about the possibility of hereditary cancer susceptibility.
- Director of Genetic Counseling, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
- (404) 778-1900
- Ms. Tinsley works with the genitourinary and gastrointestinal patients at Winship Cancer Institute and the breast, gynecological and sarcoma patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
- Social Worker, Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
- (404) 778-5976