Gynecologic oncology in Nashville, Tennessee

Finding out you have cancer can be overwhelming. You are probably full of questions involving care, treatment options and how your life will be impacted by the diagnosis.

Through TriStar Health's network of hospitals in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky, you have access to the answers. Our gynecologic oncologists are committed to providing advanced, compassionate care for all types of gynecologic cancer and supporting you and your family throughout your cancer journey.

For more information about our gynecologic cancer care services, please call askSARAH at (615) 514-2401.

Types of gynecologic cancer

Gynecologic cancer is a cancer that begins in a woman's reproductive organs. It can originate in various places throughout the pelvis (the area between the hip bones) including the cervix, endometrium, fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterus and vagina.

As part of our comprehensive gynecologic service offerings, TriStar Health gynecology specialists are able to provide treatment for a variety of cancers within the female reproductive system, including:

  • Cervical cancer
  • Ovarian cancer (other types of ovarian cancer include epithelial, stromal and germ cell)
  • Uterine cancer (also known as endometrial cancer)
  • Vaginal cancer

Gynecologic cancer risk factors

Although older women are at higher risk, all women are at risk of developing gynecologic cancers. Additionally, the conditions or circumstances that can contribute to your risk, such as:

  • Being beyond the age of menopause (50 years old or older)
  • Having a family history of gynecologic cancers
  • Never being pregnant or having fertility issues
  • Being obese
  • Having hypertension, diabetes, chronic vulvar irritation or late menopause
  • Not having regular Pap screenings or having an abnormal pap smear history
  • Smoking
  • Having multiple sexual partners
  • Having early intercourse
  • Having HIV or HPV

Signs of gynecologic cancer

The signs and symptoms of gynecologic cancer depend on the type and location of the cancer. However, there are common signs to keep an eye out for, including:

  • Difficult or painful urination
  • Heavy or irregular menstruation
  • Pain, swelling or a feeling of pressure in the abdomen or pelvis
  • Pain during sexual intercourse or vaginal bleeding after intercourse
  • Stomach issues, such as gas, bloating or constipation
  • Vaginal bleeding or discharged unrelated to menstrual periods
  • Vaginal discharge that is clear, white or tinged with blood

Gynecologic cancer treatment

Gynecologic cancers can be treated in a number of ways. Treatments can include advanced surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Many times, more than one form of therapy is used in a patient's treatment plan. A multidisciplinary team of gynecologic oncologists, surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists collaborate to determine the best care plan for your condition.

Gynecologic cancer support

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is not easy, but a little bit of support can go a long way. Throughout the Greater Nashville area, there are cancer support groups committed to helping patients with cancer and their families successfully navigate their journey.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (615) 514-2401 or chat online at askSARAH.