Gynecological cancer treatment is now close to home

Author: Emily Rudoni

Gynecological cancer ribbon with physician

"Early detection is key when it comes to cancer survivorship. That’s why it’s crucial that women get their annual gynecological exams and Pap smears to ensure that if a woman has cervical cancer, it is caught at the beginning stages."


All women are at risk for gynecologic cancers, and risk increases with age. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), gynecologic cancer is any cancer that starts in a woman’s reproductive organs. Each gynecologic cancer is unique, with different signs and symptoms, risk factors, and prevention strategies. This is why it is vital to talk to your gynecologist if you have any concerns about gynecological cancer or notice any symptoms.

Symptoms of gynecological cancer can vary, however, most women experience abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge. Symptoms are typically seen in women at menopausal age, which is around age 55. 

Dr. Jayson Field, ABOG-certified gynecologic oncologist, has recently joined Michigan State University Health Care and Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Greater Lansing which will bring care close to home for people who are battling gynecological cancer.

There are several forms of gynecological cancer, including cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, vulvar, fallopian tube, and gestational trophoblastic disease. “Ovarian cancer is the gynecological cancer that has the highest mortality rate,” said Dr. Field.

Endometrial cancer is the most common type of gynecological cancer and the majority of cases are very treatable. There are about 54,000 cases diagnosed per year, with an 80% survival rate. About 70-80% are cured with surgery alone, and 20-30% are treated with radiation to lower risk of recurrence. About 15%, however, are a more aggressive type that need additional chemotherapy and radiation.
“There are actions you can take to prevent these cancers,” said Dr. Field. “Pregnancy, breast feeding, and birth control contribute to reducing risks of cancer, specifically ovarian cancer.” It’s also important to exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet. 

Click here for more information on gynecological oncology at McLaren Greater Lansing.