The Gynecologic Oncology Program employs a number of medical and surgical services as a part of its approach to treating patients.

We treat all types of gynecologic cancers, including:

Medical Oncology

Medical oncology is an essential component of our comprehensive approach to treating and managing women with gynecologic cancer at BIDMC. Our medical gynecologic oncologists are fellowship trained clinicians and accomplished clinical investigators. Members of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, they play a critical role in developing novel therapeutics involving chemotherapy and biologic agents for gynecologic malignancies.

Our physicians can offer patients state of the art clinical trials that include:

  • The use of antiangiogenesis agents
  • Novel drugs for recurrent disease
  • Innovative maintenance chemotherapy approaches

Our oncologists were the first to pioneer the use of gene expression profiling (genomics) as a prognostic tool in ovarian cancer, and are now extending these observations to predict the likelihood that individual patients will respond to chemotherapy.

Surgical Oncology

Our gynecologic oncologists are fellowship trained in advanced surgical procedures, including radical pelvic surgery and minimally invasive surgery. Treatments we provide include:

  • Comprehensive surgical staging and treatment of all gynecologic malignancies
  • Fertility-sparing surgery for early-stage ovarian and cervical cancer
  • Laparoscopic, robotic, and minimally invasive surgery for benign and malignant gynecologic disorders
  • Minilaparotomy as an alternative to laparoscopy and laparotomy
  • Radical pelvic surgery
  • Complex benign gynecologic surgery
  • Prophylactic surgery for women at high risk for ovarian cancer
  • Minimally invasive ovarian removal for pre-menopausal breast cancer survivors
  • Second-look surgery and intraperitoneal chemotherapy
  • Advanced reconstructive surgery

BIDMC has one of the largest and most experienced minimally invasive surgery practices in the U.S., performing thousands of procedures each year. Minimally invasive surgery can minimize post-operative pain, speed up recovery, and decrease complications.

Surgeons perform minimally invasive procedures through small incisions using specialized techniques, miniature cameras with microscopes, tiny fiber-optic flashlights, and high definition monitors.


Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery FAQ