Cancer Treatment

University care is driven by its patients, not profits.

The Gynecologic Oncology division at the University of Colorado provides comprehensive treatments and services for all patients.

Because the University of Colorado is a research-backed institution, our doctors can take on even the most complex cases, and patients receive the best and most modern care available.

Patients may also participate in the many available cancer research and clinical trials.
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CU Gynecologic Oncology provides the following cancer treatments and services:

Chemotherapy

CU gynecologic oncologists use chemotherapy as a systemic treatment to cure, control & relieve suffering with more than 100 drugs for different cancers. Different chemo treatment have their distinct delivery methods and advantages and disadvantages. Depending upon the cancer and patient, oncologists may recommend  neoadjuvant chemotherapy, Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) or chemo delivered orally or intravenously (IV).

Conization & LEEP

Conization (cone biopsy) and LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure) are treatments that identify and remove abnormal tissue from the cervix in cases of cervical dysplasia.

Fertility Preservation

Radiation, chemo & cancer treatments can impair fertility in women. Fertility preservation procedures performed prior helps women conceive after treatment.

Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is a surgery to remove a woman’s uterus (or womb). Only about 10% of hysterectomies are performed to treat cancers of the cervix, ovaries, uterus or endometrium.

Laparoscopy

A laparoscopy is a type of minimally invasive surgical procedure that is used to view internal organs and repair or remove tissues. It is an alternative to open surgery, which involves a large incision to give the surgeon access to the internal organs. Gynecologic oncology laparoscopies may be performed for women who may have endometriosis, need a biopsy or have undetermined infertility issues.

Ovarian Cancer Debulking

Ovarian cancer debulking is surgical treatment to locate, remove & reduce cancerous tumor size, increasing survival rates & improving treatment effectiveness.

Ovary & Fallopian Tube Removal

Surgical removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes is generally performed when ovarian cancer or fallopian tube cancer is present. Variations of the surgery can involve removal of just one ovary or just one fallopian tube, one ovary and one tube, or both ovaries and both fallopian tubes.

Palliative Care

CU’s palliative care for women with reproductive cancers provides symptom, pain & stress relief, offered with anticancer therapy to improve quality of life.

Radiation

Radiation therapy is performed either to cure and eliminate a cancer or to relieve cancer symptoms, destroying cancerous cells in a specific region before it spreads. Cancer treatments are delivered either internally or externally, depending on the size and location of the cancer.

Robotic surgery (da Vinci)

Out team is specially trained in minimally invasive surgical methods using robotics like da Vinci to perform surgery such as a hysterectomy and cancer removal.

Surgery

Cancer type, size and location will determine the scope of surgery. Surgery for reproductive cancers typically involves removing the cancerous tissue and may also involve removing the particular reproductive organ affected by the cancer. When appropriate, our surgeons utilize minimally invasive surgery with advanced technologies for greater precision and quicker recovery times.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

The University of Colorado Gynecologic Oncology team offers minimally invasive surgical procedures that would otherwise require large incisions and long recovery times. Minimally invasive surgery is often used to treat gynecologic conditions like cervical cancer, ovarian cysts and tumors, endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cancer, among others.

Trachelectomy

Trachelectomy is a surgery to treat cervical cancer while aiming to preserve fertility in a patient. It involves the surgical removal of a woman’s uterine cervix and part of her vagina (but keeps the uterus intact).