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Services We Offer

At the GYN Oncology Program, our multidisciplinary team offers a wide variety of services to meet the needs of newly diagnosed cancer patients as well as those who have already undergone treatment. Choose a service below to learn more:

Bloodless Care

Our gynecologic oncologists, in association with the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital, are able to provide comprehensive cancer surgeries and treatments without the use of blood products for those who wish to avoid transfusions.

Further, the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program works closely with our department of gynecology to provide a range of standard obstetric and gynecologic care without the use of blood products.

>> Learn more about bloodless medicine and surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital

Cancer Risk Evaluation Program

The Cancer Risk Evaluation Program of Pennsylvania Hospital is available at Pennsylvania Hospital and at Penn Medicine at Radnor for women who are concerned about their risk for breast or ovarian cancer.

The program's physicians and genetic counselor will help you understand the risk factors, review your family history, medical history and lifestyle risk factors. They will discuss genetic testing, assist in your decision about this option and outline a plan for continued monitoring and cancer prevention therapy to help protect your health.

The program also provides information for individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer and want to know about the role of genetics in their diagnosis.

>> Learn more about the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital

Medical Oncology

Medical oncologists at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital are actively involved in the treatment of cancer. Therapies may be offered to patients with all stages of cancer from early to advanced cases. Considerable advances have occurred in recent years in several areas. The Joan Abramson Cancer Center participates in several clinical trials which are demonstrating promising results.

Our staff offers progressive medical care coupled with integrity, sensitivity and support, and provides patients with the information they need to make informed decisions about their care. Each member of the medical staff is associated with the Abramson Cancer Center of Pennsylvania Hospital, and is a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania.

Radiation Oncology

Working in conjunction with an interdisciplinary team specializing in cancer, radiation oncologists at Pennsylvania Hospital provide treatment with high energy x-rays, electrons or radioactive isotopes. Our radiation oncologists are full-time members of University of Pennsylvania's Department of Radiation Oncology, one of the largest and most respected clinical services in the region.

Treatment planning begins with imaging done on a computerized tomographic (CT) virtual simulator, which facilitates the accurate delineation of the tumor and normal tissue structures. Actual treatments are delivered on the linear accelerator best suited to treat a particular tumor site.

>> Learn more about radiation therapy at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital

Supportive Care

GYN Oncology patients and their families have access to social workers, nutritionists, psychologists, oncology nurses and a chaplain through the Joan Karnell Supportive Care Services to help support them through the cancer experience. The Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital offers an array of supportive care services for patients who are newly diagnosed with cancer as well as those who have already undergone treatment.

Choose a category below to learn about specific supportive care services offered at the Abramson Cancer Center:


Penn's Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Pennsylvania Hospital has the resources and capability to treat the entire spectrum of gynecologic cancers. An experienced gynecologic oncology surgeon is part of the team. Gynecologic cancers include cancers of the endometrium or uterus, ovaries, cervix, vulva, vagina, fallopian tubes and placenta. Although gynecologic cancers are grouped together, they vary in terms of symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

A gynecologic oncologist is trained to care for all of types of gynecologic cancers. When facing a diagnosis of cancer, or the possibility, you want the best team of experts. Penn gynecologic oncologists will provide the information, comfort and support to help you each step of the way. For women with a gynecologic condition, the decision to have surgery can be difficult. A woman's busy life does not leave much time to recover from a significant surgical procedure.

Surgical recovery time can now be shortened due to advances in robotic technology. When applied to gynecologic conditions, robotic surgery can be used to treat cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and excessive bleeding.

>> Learn more about gynecologic oncology surgery


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