Stephanie Blank: Seeing the correct specialist or gynecologic oncologist results in better outcomes

A cancer diagnosis is naturally unsettling, evoking a wide range of emotions. Because talking about gynecologic organs is still practically taboo for so many women, a below-the-belt cancer diag­nosis can be even more distressing. Studies consistently demonstrate that many women are reluctant to even ask their doctor questions about gyneco­logic cancer testing, risk factors, and genetic predisposition, much less dis­cuss potential symptoms.

Dennis Chi: Transvaginal ultrasound and CA-125 are not reliable or accurate enough for early-stage ovarian cancer

Gynecologic surgeon Dennis Chi discusses why screening for ovarian cancer is not as widespread as it is for certain other cancers.  Dr. Chi is Deputy Chief of the Gynecology Service, Director of the Fellowship Program for the Gynecology Service, and Co-Director of Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery in Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Department of Surgery.

Carol Brown: African-American women have a much higher chance of dying from uterine cancer than white women

Gynecologic oncologist Carol Brown was invited by the White House to speak at the United State of Women Summit in Washington, DC. Dr. Brown spoke about the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative and how it can help alleviate cancer disparities among women. She emphasized the importance of increasing the enrollment of minority and underserved populations in clinical trials and the need for women to prevent cancer through a healthful lifestyle, screening, and getting the HPV vaccine.

Nadeem Abu-Rustum: Ovarian cancer is a “silent killer”: it does not cause noticeable symptoms in its early stages

Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer for women in the U.S., but it is also one of the deadliest. The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 22 thousand new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed this year (2014). More than 14 thousand women will die from this disease. Ovarian cancer symptoms Ovarian cancer is deadly because it is a “silent killer.” It does not cause noticeable symptoms in its early stages. By the time a woman notices any of symptoms and goes to see her doctor; it is too late to successfully treat her.

Ginger Gardner: A Pap smear does not screen for cancers of the uterus (endometrial cancers) and ovaries

MSK gynecologic surgeon Ginger Gardner talked about some common misconceptions about gynecologic cancers.