Cancer Women's Health Feb 12, 2019

The UT Health Austin Livestrong Cancer Institutes Launches Gynecologic Oncology Program

The service is open to anyone with a gynecologic cancer diagnosis or who suspects they may have gynecologic cancer

Written by: Lauryn Feil

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UT Health Austin’s Livestrong Cancer Institutes is excited to announce the launch of Gynecologic Oncology, a service offered through Women’s Health, a clinical partnership between UT Health Austin and Ascension Seton, where patients who may suspect they have cancer or have a cancer diagnosis can make an appointment for cancer screenings and evaluation.

Gynecologic Oncology delivers a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates the expertise of leading specialists, including surgeons, gynecologist oncologists, oncofertility specialists, women’s health experts, nurses, social workers, and more, to partner in customizing cancer treatment for each patient. Using the latest treatment protocols and surgical procedures, the clinic treats cancers of the female genital tract – including the cervix, ovaries, uterus, vulva, and vagina – and gestational dysplasia (a cancer of pregnancy).

The team places a focus on minimally invasive approaches to surgery and increasing the inclusivity of cancer research trials to help patients access the latest treatment options as well as interventions to improve the quality of life for all cancer survivors.

Patient care will be coordinated and managed by one central team located at UT Health Austin. This team will evaluate the patient’s condition and build a treatment plan that incorporates their primary care physician, as well as any chemotherapy or radiation therapies to be delivered outside of UT Health Austin. Patients can expect wrap-around care that is personalized to focus on their specific needs, values and preferences.

The partnership between UT Health Austin and Livestrong has allowed these cancer treatment teams to rethink the full range of cancer care, from prevention to diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and end-of-life care. As a result, the clinic operates under the CaLM approach (Cancer Life reiMagined), which starts with the highest quality cancer care and also includes services such as relaxation and stress reduction strategies, nutritional guidance, financial planning and emotional support to help patients and their families navigate the challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis. The team also intends to offer the latest clinical trials and an expanded menu of clinical trials in the near future.

We currently accept individuals with any known or suspected gynecologic cancer including the following:

For more information about Gynecologic Oncology at Women’s Health, a clinical partnership between UT Health Austin and Ascension Seton, visit here.

About the Partnership Between UT Health Austin and Ascension Seton

The collaboration between UT Health Austin and Ascension brings together medical professionals, medical school learners, and researchers who are all part of the integrated mission of transforming healthcare delivery and redesigning the academic health environment to better serve society. This collaboration allows highly specialized providers who are at the forefront of the latest research, diagnostic, and technological developments to build an integrated system of care that is a collaborative resource for clinicians and their patients.

About UT Health Austin

UT Health Austin is the clinical practice of the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. We collaborate with our colleagues at the Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin to utilize the latest research, diagnostic, and treatment techniques, allowing us to provide patients with an unparalleled quality of care. Our experienced healthcare professionals deliver personalized, whole-person care of uncompromising quality and treat each patient as an individual with unique circumstances, priorities, and beliefs. Working directly with you, your care team creates an individualized care plan to help you reach the goals that matter most to you — in the care room and beyond. For more information, call us at 1-833-UT-CARES or request an appointment here.