Rare Gynecologic Cancers
If you have been diagnosed with a rare gynecologic cancer, we will be by your side throughout the treatment process, focused on getting you the best outcome possible.
Our gynecologic oncologists have devoted their careers to studying and treating even the rarest forms of gynecologic cancer. Their special expertise is why many women come to the Women's Cancer Program after being turned away from other centers that lack the advanced care that we provide.
Rare Gynecologic Cancers We Treat
At the Women’s Cancer Program, we have the knowledge and expertise to treat all forms of gynecologic cancer. We help women with less common cancers, including:
- Fallopian tube cancer: Cancer of the tubes connecting the ovaries and uterus
- Gestational trophoblastic disease (or trophoblast): Cancer that forms in the trophoblast (the layer of cells enclosing an embryo) in pregnant women
- Primary peritoneal cancer: Cancer that forms within the tissue that lines a woman’s abdominal and reproductive organs
- Uterine sarcoma: Cancer of the muscles surrounding the uterus
- Vaginal cancer: Cancer in the vagina, the canal leading from the cervix (lower portion of the uterus) to a woman’s external genitals
- Vulva cancer: Cancer of the outer part of the female genitals including the opening of the vagina, the outer and inner lips (labia) and the clitoris
Treatments for Rare Gynecologic Cancers
You will receive a customized, comprehensive treatment plan specific to your needs. Depending on the type of cancer and its stage (how advanced it is), we may use one approach or a combination of treatment options, including:
- Surgery: Our goal is to remove as much of the cancer as we can in the least invasive way possible. This approach can help minimize pain and recovery time.
- Chemotherapy: Our team will determine the correct chemotherapy dosage for you and help manage any possible side effects.
- Radiation therapy: Specialists from the Cedars-Sinai Radiation Oncology Department administer high-dose radiation beams directly at the tumor to shrink or eradicate it.
- Targeted therapy: Like chemotherapy, these cancer-fighting drugs slow or stop the growth of cancer. However, targeted therapy often has fewer side effects.
- Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy drugs help your body’s immune system fight cancer.
Why Choose Cedars-Sinai for Complex Gynecologic Cancer Care?
Not only do our oncologists treat patients, they also study gynecologic cancers in the laboratory to make scientific advances. They use their skills and experience from both places—at your bedside and in the lab—to provide personalized treatments. You will benefit from:
- Specialized knowledge: Our board-certified gynecologic oncologists have unique experience and training in effectively treating these uncommon forms of gynecologic cancers. In fact, our doctors are part of the international conversation around developing new approaches for these cancers. You will have access to their up-to-date knowledge and the newest treatment approaches.
- Team-based approach: Our team of oncologists shares expertise and insight during weekly conferences and preoperative meetings. At these sessions, they work together to determine the strongest treatment approach for you.
- Advanced treatments: We use sophisticated surgical tools and minimally invasive techniques. You will have access to other breakthrough treatment approaches.
- Clinical trials: We are a research institution, so you’ll have access to the most promising treatments available.
- Support services: Through Cedars-Sinai Supportive Care Services, you will be able to meet with nutritionists, social workers, psychiatrists and other specialists dedicated to helping you feel your best.