Pelvic cancer is an umbrella term for cancer that grows in the pelvic region and may also be called reproductive cancer. At Epic Care CyberKnife, we work with women to diagnose their pelvic cancer, choose a customized cancer care plan that is specific to their unique type of cancer, and help them restore their health and quality of life. Our CyberKnife team is passionate about providing quality pelvic cancer treatment in a safe and welcoming environment. We understand that a cancer diagnosis can be difficult and overwhelming, that is why we always do our best to carefully walk through the treatment details with each patient and ensure all of their questions are meaningfully answered.
Pelvic cancer or reproductive cancer encompasses a few different types of cancer that all develop in reproductive organs. These can include the following:
Cervical cancer is cancer that develops on the cervix, the opening to the uterus. The majority of cervical cancer cases are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) and can be diagnosed early through a pap smear test. The most common symptoms of cervical cancer include irregular bleeding (between periods, after sex, or after menopause), pelvic pain, pain during sex, and abnormal vaginal discharge.
Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Uterine cancer occurs when there is abnormal cell growth in the lining of the uterus, also called the endometrial tissue. Typically, uterine cancer is diagnosed in women over the age of 50. The most common symptoms of uterine cancer include abnormally heavy or long lasting periods, bleeding or spotting between periods, and bleeding or spotting after menopause.
Ovarian Cancer: Ovarian cancer occurs when there is abnormal cell growth in one or both ovaries. The exact cause of ovarian cancer is not known, but some women may have certain genes that put them at a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. The primary symptoms include frequent bloating of the abdomen, pelvic pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and frequent urination and/or heavy urination.
Vaginal or Vulvar Cancer: Vaginal and vulvar cancer are very similar and only differ due to where the cancer begins. Vaginal cancer begins in the vagina, or the birth canal, whereas vulvar cancer begins on the lips of the vagina or the open of the vagina. The most common symptoms include abnormal bleeding or vaginal discharge, blood in the urine or stool, pelvic pain, an itching or burning sensation on the vulva, and sores or warts on the vulva.
Pelvic cancer treatment depends on the type of cancer and its stage. For the majority of pelvic cancers, one or more cancer treatments may be used, including surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy. At Epic Care CyberKnife, your cancer care team may determine that CyberKnife radiation therapy is the most appropriate treatment for you. This treatment is a non-surgical, non-invasive radiation therapy that has pinpoint accuracy and can be used on pelvic tumors.
If you have been recently diagnosed with pelvic cancer and are unsure about your cancer care options, contact Epic Care CyberKnife. We will gladly walk you through your treatment options and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to restoring your health and quality of life!