Gynecologic Cancers

A woman in a white lab coat smiling and speaking with another woman in front of a window.
OHSU's Lisa Egan, a physician assistant, is one of the many expert providers who care for patients with gynecologic cancers.

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute provides compassionate, state-of-the-art care for reproductive cancers. Your care team will work with you on a personalized treatment plan for the best possible outcome. We offer:

  • Team-based care with world-class providers
  • Care in our welcoming Center for Women’s Health
  • Leading-edge technology, such as robotic surgery and Mobetron radiation therapy
  • Advanced genetic testing and targeted therapy
  • Access to clinical trials and research discoveries
  • Fertility and sexual health specialists
  • A full slate of support services, including complementary medicine
Rendering of the female productive system
This diagram illustrates the female reproductive system.
Diagram of the anatomy of the vulva
This diagram illustrates the anatomy of the vulva.

What makes us different

National recognition: We’ve earned the National Cancer Institute’s top designation for leadership in research. We’re consistently ranked among the best cancer hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Expert diagnosis: Gynecologic cancers can be difficult to detect, but they are highly treatable if caught early. We use the latest techniques to pinpoint your cancer.

Precision treatment: We'll tailor your treatment based on your specific type of cancer, your genetic makeup, and your needs.

Top minds together

Our specialists work together to provide advanced care for all types of gynecologic cancer. They include:

  • Doctors with expertise in the newest medications and radiation therapy.
  • Surgeons who use the latest robotic and minimally invasive techniques.
  • Researchers with access to the latest discoveries and clinical trials.

Tumor board meetings: The team meets every week to share their expertise and to discuss each patient one by one. They review scans and test results, then develop treatment recommendations together. This ensures that every option and clinical trial can be considered for you. Your care team may include:

  • Gynecologic oncologists, who focus on reproductive cancers
  • Radiation oncologists, who treat cancer with radiation therapy
  • Genetic counselors
  • Fertility specialists
  • Sexual health experts
  • Physician assistants and nurses

The latest technology

Our state-of-the-art technology includes:

  • Precise intraoperative radiation therapy with a Mobetron device. This delivers a dose of high-energy beams directly to the tumor during surgery. We're the only hospital in Oregon and among fewer than 20 in the U.S. to offer this.
  • Precision robotic surgery using the da Vinci Surgical Robot for smaller incisions, less pain and quicker recovery times.
  • Advanced scanning technology, including a PET/MRI scanner, for better diagnosis and imaging.
  • Advanced genetic testing to guide your treatment.

Support services

We support you through every phase of your care. We offer you:

Visit our Patient and Family Resources page to find links to all our support services.

Clinical trials and research

Our doctors are leading researchers whose breakthroughs are shaping cancer care in our clinic and across the country. Our research and innovations include:

  • Clinical trials: Our doctors are studying several new therapies and approaches to gynecologic cancers. Your care team will talk with you about whether a clinical trial is right for you.
  • Targeted and immune therapies: Our team is at the leading edge of combining targeted medications that stop cancer cells with a broader approach using the immune system.
  • DNA repair: We're working to identify more genetic mutations in ovarian cancer patients who could benefit from new treatments that help repair damaged DNA.
  • Early detection: We're investigating DNA released by tumors into the blood to help detect the cancer early. Our Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center is devoted to finding cancers earlier.
  • Native American women’s health: A study of women’s health in Native American communities aims to prevent gynecologic cancer in Pacific Northwest tribes.
  • Ovarian Cancer Registry: We're home to a collection of data plus blood and tissue samples from more than 500 women for research. Voluntary participants help scientists make discoveries. Participants also receive updates on the latest advances. Learn more about this and other cancer registries, including how to join.

For patients

Call 503-494-7999 to:

  • Request an appointment
  • Seek a second opinion
  • Ask questions

Location

Parking is free for patients and their visitors.

Kohler Pavilion
Center for Women’s Health, seventh floor
808 S.W. Campus Drive
Portland, OR 97239
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Stay informed

Blog: Learn about the latest findings on our Cancer Translated blog.

News: Read about research breakthroughs, patient care and many other topics on our OHSU News site.