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Treatment Team

If you suspect or have been diagnosed with ovarian, endometrial/uterine, cervical, vulvar or vaginal cancer, it is important to see a gynecologic oncologist—medical doctors with specialized training in treating gynecologic cancers who can manage your care from diagnosis to completion of treatment.

Seek a Specialist

Women who have their gynecologic cancer treatment overseen by a gynecologic oncologist have higher cure rates than women treated by another type of doctor

In addition to a gynecologic oncologist, you will come in contact with many health care professionals during your treatment—these people make up your treatment team. They will work with each other and with you to provide the special care you need. Your treatment team may include some of the healthcare professionals listed below.

Talking with Your Team

You deserve expert advice and treatment from your treatment team. Be sure to talk openly about your concerns with the members of your treatment team. Let them know what is important to you. If it is hard for you to speak for yourself, these tips may help:

  • Make a list of questions before your visit—the American Cancer Society published a list of questions you may want to ask. Ask the most important questions first.
  • Take notes or ask if you can record your medical office visits and phone conversations.
  • If you don’t understand something, ask the treatment team member to explain it again in a different way.
  • If possible, bring another person with you when you meet with members of your treatment team to discuss test results and treatment options.
  • Be truthful in reporting how you feel and any side effects.

On Your Side: The Gynecologic Cancer Care Team is a five-minute video about the gynecologic cancer care team.