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Gynaecological cancer


Should you be diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer, we're dedicated to providing to you with the highest level of personalised treatment and care, led by our team of experts

Types of gynaecological cancer

Cervical cancer

Each year 2,800 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK. The majority of cervical cancer is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV).

Ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer tends to affect women over 50 but can affect younger women too. We work with the Sarah Cannon Research Institute to offer the latest advances in treatment.

Womb cancer

The majority of womb cancers begin in the cells that make up the lining of the womb (called the endometrium), which is why it is also called endometrium cancer.

Vaginal cancer

Vaginal cancer starts in the vagina, which is the passage that leads from the neck of the womb (cervix) to the vulva. It is very rare and mostly found in older women.

Vulva cancer

The vulva is made up of a woman’s visible sex organs including the outer lips, inner lips, clitoris, the outlet for urine and vaginal canal. It can occur in any of these.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of gynaecological cancer icon plus

    Symptoms will differ depending on the type of gynaecological cancer, but may include: 

    • a feeling of fullness or loss of appetite
    • pain in the abdomen or side
    • back pain
    • pain passing urine or urinating more often than usual
    • discomfort or pain during sex
    • bleeding from the vagina at times other than during your period
    • vaginal bleeding after the menopause

    These symptoms can often be related to a number of non-cancerous conditions. If you experience any of these symptoms it is important to see your GP so that a referral and diagnosis can be made as quickly as possible.

  • Diagnosis icon plus

    We offer a number of investigations and tests to confirm a diagnosis of gynaecological cancers. Your consultant will explain the most appropriate test considering your symptoms and suspected type of cancer. These tests may include:

    • blood tests
    • ultrasound and CT scans
    • pelvic examination and colposcopy
    • smear tests
    • biopsy (removing a tissue sample)

    If you are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer you will have immediate access to world-class cancer specialists and state-of-the-art facilities.

  • Treatment options icon plus

    Your consultant will talk you through your diagnosis and treatment options in detail, helping you to make an informed decision about your care. Depending on your diagnosis, treatment options may include:

    • surgery – we offer the latest techniques in both open and minimally invasive surgery
    • chemotherapy
    • radiotherapy
    • clinical trials – depending on your diagnosis you may have access to open clinical trials

    At HCA UK you will be looked after by a multidisciplinary team, including expert consultants, Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) and supportive therapists including psychologists who can help you with your emotional wellbeing.

Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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