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Medical Therapies for Gynecologic Cancers

Depending on the type of reproductive cancer you have and its stage, your doctor may suggest medical therapy as a part of your treatment plan, along with surgery and/or radiation therapy. We offer a comprehensive range of the latest medical treatments for gynecologic cancers, including access to clinical trials. A gynecologic oncologist or medical oncologist will work closely with your treatment team to develop an individualized plan of care for you. Your doctor will explain your options, answer your questions, and help you make decisions about your treatment plan.


Most chemotherapy works by attacking cells as they are growing and dividing. Depending on the medication you need, your doctor may prescribe pills, or you may receive chemotherapy in our Oncology Infusion Center at the Suburban Outpatient Pavilion. At the center, our chemotherapy-certified nurses deliver expert care in a warm and supportive environment.

Hormone therapy

The hormone estrogen seems to be a growth factor in certain types of reproductive cancers. Anti-hormonal therapies use medication that blocks the production of estrogen to slow or prevent cancer cell growth.

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