What Is A Gynecologic Oncologist?
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What Is A Gynecologic Oncologist?|
A Gynecologic Oncologist is an obstetrician/gynecologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of women with cancer of the reproductive organs.
After completing a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology, Gynecologic Oncologist must complete an additional three-year fellowship specializing in precancerous and cancerous conditions of the GYN tract. Surgical skills required to properly stage and remove the majority of the tumor, as well as chemotherapy and radiation therapy techniques are learned and practiced at the highest skill level. This training uniquely qualifies gyn/onc to care for women with cancer of the reproductive tract.
This year, approximately 23,100 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and an estimated 14,000 will die of the disease. Fifty percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will die from the disease within five years, an unacceptably high mortality rate that can in part be mitigated by access to proper specialty care.
Over the past two decades, research has shown that referral to a gyn/onc is one of the top factors in increasing ovarian cancer survival rates, as well as decreasing rates of recurrence.
OU Medical Center, Department of Gynecologic Oncology consist of:
Dr. Gary Johnson, M.D.
Dr. Joan Walker, M.D.
Dr. Robert Mannel, M.D.
Dr. Scott McMeekin
Dr. Michael Gold, M.D.