Gynecologic Cancer Treatment
Surgery can be used to diagnose, treat, or even help prevent cancer. Most people with cancer will have some type of surgery. It often offers the greatest chance for cure, especially if the cancer has not spread to other parts of the body.
Surgery is the oldest form of cancer treatment. It also plays a key role in the process of diagnosing cancer and finding out how far it has spread (staging). Advances in surgical techniques have allowed surgeons to operate on a growing number of patients with good outcomes. When a surgeon has to cut into the body to operate, it is called invasive surgery. Today, operations that involve less cutting and damage to nearby organs and tissues (minimally invasive surgery) often can be done to remove tumors while saving as much normal tissue and function as possible.
Types of Surgery
Surgery is the most common method of treatment for most gynecologic cancers. The type of surgery will vary dependent on the diagnosis and may include hysterectomy and removal of the ovaries. An important part of surgery is surgical staging. It is important that surgical staging be completed by a physician with specialized training like a gynecologic oncologist. Accurate and thorough staging determines the extent of the cancer. Knowing the stage of the cancer provides essential information for further treatment. Incorrect staging may lead to under treatment of the disease.
Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery
Dr. Tammela delivers the latest treatment options including, for appropriate patients, his use of the daVinci Robotic Surgery System, which offers a surgical approach resulting in less tissue injury and blood loss for patients, as well as a more comfortable recovery.
Chemotherapy relies on drugs to travel throughout the body and attack cancer cells . Dr. Jon Tammela is trained both as a surgeon and a medical oncologist and is able to provide the full range of cancer treatments or work with medical oncologists in other communities as needed to reduce the burden of travel for his patients.
The Radiation Oncology Department of St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center is a leader in treating many forms of cancer. We utilize state-of-the-art radiation therapy equipment and computerized treatment planning systems, including Trilogy™,the world’s most powerful and precise cancer treatment technology at both of our Green Bay locations. But most importantly, we’re a group of highly qualified professionals with diverse skills who can work in concert. Our cancer center and radiation oncologists have a proven track record of introducing and successfully implementing new technology long before others in the state. Our team of radiation oncologists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists, registered nurses and radiation physicists all work together toward one common goal: To provide our cancer patients with state-of-the-art therapy in a caring, compassionate environment.
Types of Radiation Oncology
A key treatment option for cancer of the cervix, vagina, and uterus. Dr. Jon Tammela works closely with his partners in Radiation Oncology to develop a treatment plan best suited to each patients' individual needs.
High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy
An outpatient procedure, performed within our state-of-the-art procedure suite within the St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center. Patients generally receive 3-6 treatments with sedation or anesthetics.