Diagnosing gynaecological cancer

Accurate diagnosis and ongoing diagnostic assessment are vital in delivering the most effective treatments and achieving the best possible outcomes. That’s why at HCA Healthcare UK we offer rapid access to the latest diagnostic tests, investigations and second opinions, for all cancers which affect the female reproductive system.

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If you are experiencing symptoms of gynaecological cancer, such as bloating, abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge, pelvic pressure or pain, it’s important to diagnose what is causing these symptoms as soon as possible. These symptoms can be caused by various health conditions and do not necessarily mean you have cancer, but it’s important to see your GP as soon as possible. If your GP believes that your symptoms need further investigation they will refer you to a specialist for further tests.

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Investigations and tests

A number of tests and investigations may be required when diagnosing a gynaecological cancer. We understand that having diagnostic tests and waiting for the results can be a worrying time, so we’ll make sure you get the answers you need as quickly as possible.

If these tests show you have a gynaecological cancer you will have access to our multidisciplinary team (MDT) of gynaecological cancer specialists which include consultants, Clinical Nurse Specialists, chemotherapy and radiotherapy nurses and other relevant healthcare experts who specialise in your type of cancer. Led by your named consultant, the team come together to discuss your individual diagnosis, consider all the different options and make recommendations on the best treatment plan for you, without delay.

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Your consultant will discuss this treatment plan with you and along with your Clinical Nurse Specialist they can answer any questions you may have so that you can make an informed decision about your treatment and care.

Across our diagnostic centres and hospitals our expert consultants offer rapid access to the latest tests and scans including:

  • Pelvic examination
  • Blood and urine tests
  • Colposcopy and cervical biopsy
  • MRI and CT scanning
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound and image-guided biopsy
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Screening for gynaecological cancers

Cancer screening is an opportunity to check for any early signs of cancer before you have any noticeable symptoms. Cervical cancer screening is a well-established way to test for certain types of high-risk HPV virus that can cause cervical cancer. It is not a test for cancer itself but can check for changes to cells in your cervix. If you are worried about other types of gynaecological cancers, you can speak to your GP or find out more about hereditary cancer testing, if you are diagnosed as having a higher risk of developing gynaecological cancer it may be recommended that you have regular testing to spot any signs at the earliest opportunity.

Remember screening is for people who are not currently experiencing any symptoms, if you have any symptoms or something doesn't feel right do not delay in seeing your GP or a specialist gynaecologist, even if you have recently had a screen or are due one soon.


Cervical cancer screening

Not everyone diagnosed with cervical cancer will have symptoms. This is why attending regular cervical screening is important. Here, Dr Jane Benjamin, Women’s Health GP, part of HCA Healthcare UK, shares everything you need to know about cervical screening.

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Getting a second opinion

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, whether or not you have started treatment, a second opinion can give you reassurance and peace of mind.

Our second opinion service is led by expert consultants. They will provide a comprehensive review of your current and past medical history, to identify the best treatment options for you. This review may identify new treatment options or simply confirm you are already receiving the best treatment. Either way it can help you make an informed decision about what is best for you.

We offer a second opinion service in London, Birmingham and Manchester, covering a wide range of specialities.