There is hope.
You notice some spotting and you’ve already gone through menopause.
The pain and discomfort in your pelvic area has become more annoying and suspicious.
You feel constant bloating or start to question why so many trips to the bathroom.
If you have experienced any of these, ask your primary health care provider for a pelvic and rectal exam immediately. If a biopsy takes place and cancer is detected in any of your female reproductive organs, for your best outcome, get to a gynecologic oncologist. Our gynecologic oncology team at Olson Center for Women’s Health is ready to meet you and work with your primary doctor. Working together to give you the best chance for survival.
Why Be Treated at Nebraska Medicine for Gynecological Cancers
We Offer a Team of Women's Cancer Specialists Near You
In addition to their two Omaha locations, the Olson Center for Women's Health regularly offers services in Atlantic, Iowa; Lincoln, Nebraska; and York, Nebraska. The Olson Center is a collaborative effort between the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and Nebraska Medicine. To speak directly with our gynecologic oncology (women's cancer specialists) team, please call 402.559-5068.
Our gynelogical oncologists have training in obstetrics and gynecology. This is followed by two to four years of specialized training in the treatment of gynecologic cancers including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and experimental treatments, as well as the biology and pathology of gynecologic cancer. This additional training provides our specialists with the knowledge and experience needed to provide you with the most effective treatment plans and successful outcomes.
The Most Advanced Treatments
Gynecologic cancers generally involve very complex, difficult surgeries. Statistics show that patients treated by gynecological oncologists have the highest survival rates. Because gynecological oncologists perform these surgeries regularly, they know and use the latest techniques in order to provide you with the best results. Patients undergoing cancer treatment at Nebraska Medicine also have access to our 24/7 Infusion Center at the Peggy D. Cowdery Patient Care Center, which serves as both a treatment center and 24/7 urgent-care-type facility. A rare offering in the region.
Leaders in Robotic Surgery
Our specialists are leaders in robotic surgery for the diagnosis and treatment of gynecological cancers. Robotic surgery combines robotics and computer-enhanced technology. This arms our surgeons with a greater degree of accuracy and precision. It also allows surgeons to perform more complex procedures than were possible through traditional laparoscopy (minimally invasive surgery). Robotic surgery also minimizes pain and discomfort, reduces recovery time greatly and decreases the risk for complications. Patients can go home the day after surgery.
We Write the Guidelines Other Doctors Use
We are a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) committee. This group writes national guidelines for the treatment of cervical, ovarian and uterine cancers. Our physicians also serve on the board for the Society of Gynecological Oncology to help formulate government regulations, the Cervical Cancer Task Force as well as the state board for Every Woman Matters.
Research and Clinical Trials
Our doctors are involved in ongoing research on gynecological cancers. This close association to research gives you access to the most promising medications and therapies through clinical trials before they are available to others.
Team Approach to Care
Doctors from several disciplines collaborate and form a unique treatment plan based on the patient’s needs and condition. Our team approach to care includes consulting with medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, internal medicine specialists, case managers, oncology certified nurses, pharmacists, social workers, nutritionists and rehabilitation specialists to develop a plan of care that has the input of multiple specialists. The team will follow your case through your treatment regimen, discuss, collaborate and make needed adjustments based on the consensus of the group.
- Quality-of-life issues
- Body image and femininity
- Emotional support
- Collaborative relationships with other medical professionals
- Surgery (including robotic), chemotherapy, radiation
Addressing Your Personal Care Needs
Addressing a patient’s physical, educational, emotional and spiritual needs are important aspects of providing a more complete and holistic approach to care. A host of amenities and supportive services are available to help meet these needs. This includes personal care services such as wigs, wig fittings, prosthetic and bra fittings, yoga, massage therapy, skin care and make-up lessons specifically geared for people with or recovering from cancer are also provided in a private setting.
Cancer Support Services
Finding out that you have cancer can be a very emotional and difficult time. You will likely have many questions and issues to work through. We will be with you every step of the way. Nebraska Medicine offers a host of cancer support services to help you with your physical, emotional, educational and financial needs.
We're Here for you Long After Your Treatment
Our Survivorship Clinic is designed to help you deal with the emotional and physical challenges cancer can leave behind such as fear of recurrence, physical and medical long-term side effects and helping you return to a normal life again. It will also help you transition back into the care of your primary care physician.