Gynecologic Oncologists at Holy Name Medical Center provide advanced medical and surgical treatments for patients with pre-cancerous conditions and cancer including:
Physicians in Gynecologic Oncology work closely with the Holy Name Cancer Center to provide comprehensive care from diagnosis through treatment, and supportive care to survivorship, in one location. Patients are treated by a multidisciplinary team of board-certified specialists that excel in all three branches of oncology care: radiation, chemotherapy and surgery.
Dr. Sharyn Lewin, the Medical Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Holy Name is one of the few physicians in North Jersey who provides both surgery and chemotherapy in one setting, eliminating the need to see two physicians for gynecologic cancer treatment. She also specializes in genetic testing and counseling.
Patients receiving treatment for gynecologic cancers also have access to free integrative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, nutritional education, counseling support, guided imagery and yoga.
In addition to standard treatment protocols, Holy Name offers patients access to clinical trials, cutting-edge research, hereditary genetics, and highly effective treatment options including:
- Robotic surgery, minimally invasive procedures using the daVinci platform, a surgical system that includes a console and robotic arm with small tools attached. These state-of-the-art instruments enable surgeons to do very precise and complex procedures by controlling the arm with a computer and viewing enlarged 3-D images taken by a camera inserted into the body. Robotic surgery has the same advantages as laparoscopic surgery – less discomfort, shorter recovery time and a reduced risk of forming internal scar tissue – since it is performed through smaller cuts than open surgery.
- Advanced laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that allows the surgeon to operate through small incisions while looking at the targeted area magnified on a large monitoring screen. Procedures result in less discomfort and a shorter recovery time and reduce the chance of forming internal scar tissue, which can cause pain in the future.
- Intraperitoneal chemotherapy, used in the treatment of ovarian cancer, involves administering chemotherapy drugs through a flexible tube inserted into the patient's abdomen. Studies have shown that patients given intraperitoneal chemotherapy have better outcomes than women who only received IV chemotherapy.