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Obstetrics & Gynecology

Gynecologic Oncology Overview & Specialists

Women who are diagnosed with possible gynecologic cancer or pre-cancerous conditions and those with gynecologic malignancies are treated at Barnes-Jewish Hospital by Washington University gynecologic oncology specialists. The Division of Gynecologic Oncology, under the leadership of David Mutch, MD, is focused on providing the highest quality of individualized care to women. The gynecologic or female reproductive cancers include cancer of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, endometrium, vulva, vagina and cervix.

Patients are cared for by fellowship-trained faculty physicians, who are board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology (Ob/Gyn) and in the subspecialty of gynecologic oncology, as well as by four full-time oncology nurses.

Gynecologic Oncology Specialists:

Emergency contact with our gynecologic oncologists and oncology nurses is available 24 hours a day. Patients also may receive treatment and care from medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, an oncology social worker and a dietitian.

Among the division's patients are:

  • Women who have had abnormal pap smears and/or cervical lesions and are in need of additional tests to rule out the possibility of cervical cancer.
  • Women with abnormal uterine bleeding to rule out endometrial cancer.
  • Women with vulvar irritations and/or lesions to rule out vulvar cancer.
  • Women with adnexal or pelvic masses to rule out ovarian cancer.
  • Women who were diagnosed elsewhere with a gynecologic cancer or those who have received their primary treatment elsewhere also are referred to Washington University for treatment of their primary or recurrent gynecologic malignancies.

Patients who seek treatment from the division's faculty physicians live not only in the metropolitan St. Louis area but throughout the Midwest. It is not uncommon for patients to travel hundreds of miles to be cared for by a Washington University gynecologic oncology specialist, who is experienced in treating the most difficult of female reproductive cancers and resultant complications. The division offers surgical treatment, as well as expertise in the management of patients receiving radiation and chemotherapy.

A variety of services are available to support patients with gynecologic malignancies and their families, from the initial decision-making process through treatment, long-term care and follow-up. "Together," a support group specifically designed for women diagnosed with gynecologic cancer and their families, meets monthly at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

The Cancer Risk Counseling Service within the Division of Gynecologic Oncology was developed to serve families who want current information regarding the inheritance of cancer, the availability of genetic testing for cancer predisposition, and individualized cancer risk assessment as it relates to their family history of cancer.

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