Gynaecological cancers occur when cells in the female reproductive system grow in an abnormal and uncontrolled way, forming a tumour. Gynaecological cancers can include ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, vaginal cancer, vulvar cancer and cancer of the fallopian tubes.
Read more about types of gynaecological cancers.
Diagnosis: Signs and symptoms of gynaecological cancer can be non-specific, making them difficult to identify. Common signs may include abdominal bloating, loss of appetite, frequent urination, constipation and menstrual irregularities. Gynaecological cancers can be detected through screening or scans, such as a CT scan. A biopsy of the affected area will be taken to confirm your diagnosis.
Treatment: Treatment for gynaecological cancers may involve surgery to remove a tumour, and chemotherapy or other targeted drug, hormonal or immunotherapy and/or radiotherapy to destroy cancer cells.
Wellness services: In addition to your treatment, you may also need to access the allied health and/or cancer wellness support services offered at The Border Cancer Hospital to help you manage side effects or symptoms such as fatigue, difficultly sleeping and poor appetite.