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Gynecologic cancers

Every year about 85,000 American women are diagnosed with gynecological cancers, and about 28,000 die as a result. There are five main types of gynecological cancer. They include cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar cancers. These cancers are named for the body parts where they start, even if they spread (metastasize) to other areas. For many years, radiation treatment for uterine cancer and cervical cancer has been an important part of the medical successes with — and survivability of — these forms of gynecologic cancers.

Cervical Cancer

Cancer that starts in the cervix is called cervical cancer. The cervix is the narrow bottom end of the uterus. It connects the vagina to the upper section of the uterus, also known as the womb. Thanks to the availability of screening tests and HPV vaccine to prevent infections, cervical cancer is easily preventable in most Western countries. When discovered early, cervical cancer is highly treatable with typically long survival rates and a good quality of life for the patient.

Other forms of treatment

Brachytherapy can be a primary treatment for cancer of the cervix or uterus. We offer brachytherapy for appropriate patients. We also utilize IMRT radiation therapy to treat pelvic cancers.

Uterine Cancer

The most common uterine cancer is endometrial cancer because it forms in the uterine lining or endometrium. Uterine cancer, the fourth most common cancer in women and the most common of gynecological cancers, affects about 45,000 women in the United States each year. More than 7,000 women die from uterine cancer. But when uterine cancer is found early, uterine cancer treatment is most effective. Though all women are at risk, risk factors tend to increase with age, particularly during menopause or perimenopause.

Skin Cancer

The most common form of cancer in the United States, skin cancer affects about 62,000 people annually, and about 9,000 die from it. There are three types of skin cancer, the most common of which is basal cell carcinoma. This appears as a small pink lump or patch. Although most common on sun-exposed areas such as the face and arms, it can also develop in non-sun-exposed areas. Squamous cell carcinoma is similar to basal cell carcinoma and appears as a pink-red lump or scaly patch. Although it has a slight tendency to spread, it is generally easily treated if detected early. Malignant melanoma is the most serious form and can spread throughout the body. With early skin cancer treatment, 99% of these cancers can be cured. 

Brain (Primary and Metastatic) Cancer

The brain is made up of many different types of cells and tumors that arise from a brain cell type are termed primary brain tumors. Primary brain tumors arise from specific brain cell types. The most common are called gliomas, primary CNS lymphomas, meningiomas and pituitary tumors. These primary brain cancers are also classified according to their severity using a grading system. Grade I is slow-growing and the least severe, and Grade IV is malignant and fast-growing. Metastatic brain tumors are those that spread through the bloodstream from other parts of the body.

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Drs. Yashbir Mehta, Parvathy Kurup and Neil Mehta are both board-certified fellows of the American College of Radiation Oncology. Together, they introduced the most advanced technologies to the area and they deliver over 50 years of experience in compassionate, effective radiation treatment for cancer. We welcome your inquiries and referrals.

 

Cancer patients come to us from Lake Villa, Gurnee, Waukegan, Lindenhurst, Antioch and Grayslake in Lake County, IL. Call 847-623-2114 or use our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your consultation at Advanced Radiation Oncology Center.