Gynecologic Oncology

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Women who seek the care of a specially trained gynecology oncology specialist before any surgical or medical treatment increase their odds for total cure.

Cancers of the Reproductive System

What is gynecologic cancer?

Gynecologic cancers attack a woman's reproductive organs, including the cervix, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva. Each year, approximately 82,000 women are diagnosed with cancer of the reproductive organs, including ovarian cancer and cervical cancer.

What is a gynecologic oncologist?

A gynecologic oncologist is a physician first trained in obstetrics and gynecology and has three to four additional years of training in gynecologic cancers. These gynecology oncology specialists combine knowledge of gynecology with expertise in detecting and treating cancers of the female reproductive system.

Cleveland Clinic gynecologic oncologists are among approximately 600 gynecologists in the United States who are board-certified in gynecologic oncology, as well as obstetrics and gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

A Team Approach

Cleveland Clinic's team approach of involving multiple specialists can be the most important factor in long-term survival. Gynecologic pathologists, radiologists, medical oncologists and other Cleveland Clinic specialists collaborate to provide a careful blend of accurate diagnosis, surgical skill, leading-edge radiation therapy and advanced chemotherapy.

Cleveland Clinic gynecologic oncologists understand the fear and uncertainty a diagnosis of cancer bring. Our specialized services and supportive care, such as access to support groups and home care, arranged by clinical nurse specialists who also provide counseling, are available to help you through this difficult time.

Who is at risk for gynecologic cancer?

The following are risk factors for different kinds of gynecologic cancers. Each cancer has its own general risk factors, and may affect women in various ways. Every woman is different, so talk to your doctor or gynecology oncology specialist about any questions or concerns you may have.

Risk factors include:

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  • Post menopausal (over age 50)
  • Endometrial hyperplasia – a condition where the cells of the endometrium are abnormal
  • Cervical dysplasia – a condition where the cervical cells are abnormal
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High blood sugar
  • Other cancers (colon, rectal, breast)
  • Early age of first menstruation
  • Women who have never been pregnant
  • Hormone-related issues
  • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer

Gynecology Oncology is a discipline that focuses on the treatment of cancers of a gynecologic nature. To learn more about gynecology and oncology topics, including types of cancer, their treatments, and more, please review the resources available here.

Cervical cancer gynecology oncology resources

Overview: Cervical Cancer , HPV, HPV Vaccine, Cervical Dysplasia
Prevention: Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines
Diagnosis: When a Pap Test is Abnormal
Treatment: LEEP

Ovarian cancer

Overview: Ovarian Cancer
Care & Treatment: Ovarian Epithelial Cancer  / Ovarian Germ Cell Tumor
Genetic Aspects: Breast and Ovarian Cancer

There is no standard screening protocol for ovarian cancer unless the patient is a member of a high-risk family with a history of breast and/or ovarian cancer. Your physician can help you determine whether you need to be tested for ovarian cancer

Uterine cancer
Vulvar cancer
Vaginal cancer

Overview: Vaginal Cancer

What gynecology oncology services are provided at Cleveland Clinic?

  • Access to the latest techniques in the management of gynecologic cancers including the newest drug treatments and access to clinical trials through our membership in the Gynecologic Oncology Group, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.
  • Minimally invasive surgery (robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery) used in the management of some early cervical, uterine and ovarian cancers, including lymph node dissections and other staging procedures.
  • A gynecology chemotherapy unit located within the department for patient convenience and staffed by specially trained nurses.
  • The Radiation Therapy Center provides the latest, most sophisticated radiation therapy equipment and the latest gynecology oncology treatments, such as interstitial therapy to custom design delivery of radiation.
  • Color Doppler flow imaging: studies that identify blood flow changes associated with early ovarian cancer tumor.
  • The LEEP procedure, which uses state-of-the-art technology to remove precancerous cells from the cervix more easily.

Cervical Cancer Screening

Thanks to recent advances in understanding the cause of cervical cancer, screening for this disease has now become more accurate and therefore more preventable.

Cervical cancer is caused by the presence and persistence of the human papilloma virus (HPV), a very common sexually transmitted disease. The combined use of HPV testing and the traditional pap test, especially in women over the age of 30 is now the new standard. Additionally, the availability of the HPV vaccine will likely reduce the number of cervical cancer cases in the future.

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Robert DeBernardo, MD

Robert DeBernardo, MD

4.8 out of 5
254 Patient Satisfaction Ratings 27 Comments
DeBernardo, Robert, MD

Location(s): Hillcrest Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women's Health Institute

Specialties: Cervical Cancer, Cervical Dysplasia, Cervical Tumors, Endometriosis, Fibroids And Leiomyoma, Gestational Trophoblastic Tumor, Hereditary Gynecologic Cancers more

Type of Doctor: Adults Only

Surgeon: Yes

Education: Temple University School of Medicine

Jason Knight, MD

Jason Knight, MD

4.7 out of 5
161 Patient Satisfaction Ratings 16 Comments
Knight, Jason, MD

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Fairview Hospital

Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialties: Cervical Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Fibroid Tumor, Ovarian Cancer, Vaginal Cancer, Gynecologic Oncology, Laparoscopic Gynecologic Cancer Surgery more

Type of Doctor: Adults Only

Surgeon: Yes

Education: Yale University School of Medicine

Chad Michener, MD

Chad Michener, MD

4.9 out of 5
219 Patient Satisfaction Ratings 23 Comments
Michener, Chad, MD

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Hillcrest Hospital

Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialties: Abnormal Pap Smears, Cervical Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Gestational Trophoblastic Tumor, Hereditary Gynecologic Cancers, Metastasis Of Ovarian Cancer, Molar Pregnancy more

Type of Doctor: Adults Only

Surgeon: Yes

Education: Wright State University School of Medicine

Thomas Morrissey, MD

Thomas Morrissey, MD

4.7 out of 5
31 Patient Satisfaction Ratings 1 comment
Morrissey, Thomas, MD

Location(s): Florida, Weston

Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialties: Cervical Cancer, Cervical Dysplasia, Endometrial Cancer, Gestational Trophoblastic Tumor, Ovarian Cancer, Vaginal Cancer, Vulvar Cancer more

Type of Doctor: Adults Only

Surgeon: Yes

Education: State University of New York College of Medicine

Peter Rose, MD

Peter Rose, MD

4.6 out of 5
290 Patient Satisfaction Ratings 17 Comments
Rose, Peter, MD

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Hillcrest Hospital, Moll Cancer Center at Fairview Hospital

Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialties: Abnormal Pap Smears, Cervical Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Hereditary Gynecologic Cancers, Molar Pregnancy, Ovarian Cancer, Uterine Sarcoma more

Type of Doctor: Adults Only

Surgeon: Yes

Education: Boston University School of Medicine



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Gynecologic oncology services are available at the following locations:

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Desk A81
2049 East 100th St.
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
Phone: 216.444.6601
Toll-free: 800.CCF.CARE, extension 46601

Fairview Hospital
18101 Lorain Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44111
Phone: 216.476.7000

Hillcrest Hospital
6780 Mayfield Rd.
Mayfield Heights, Ohio 44124
Phone: 440.312.4500