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Gynecologic oncology is a subspecialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It focuses on the diagnosis, patient care and treatment of gynecologic cancers.

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UF Health is proud to offer nationally recognized, compassionate and personalized obstetrics and gynecology care for every phase of life, according to U.S. News & World Report 2023-24 Best Hospital rankings.

Our board-certified UF Health physicians

UF Health's gynecologic oncologists are part of one of the top Obstetrics and Gynecology departments in the nation. We have have a demonstrated history of treating the most challenging cases of gynecologic cancer. We have seen over 50,000 patients in our clinics.

We are experts in gynecologic cancer, including:

  • ovarian cancer
  • cervical cancer
  • vaginal cancer and
  • uterine cancer

A patient care plan personalized for you

UF Health Obstetrics and Gynecology maintains a highly personalized approach to care for each patient. The gynecologic oncology program provides a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care.

Your collaborative health care team meets weekly to discuss your case. Toegther, they develop a comprehensive plan that is uniquely tailored to your needs.

We were recently awarded a five-star award for patient satisfaction.

An NCI-Designated Center

We are proud to be one of 72 National Cancer Institute-designated centers in the nation, as well as the only NCI-designated center in North Florida.

Doctors taking care of a cancer patient

Conditions and treatments

Gynecological cancer includes gestational trophoblastic disease, cervical cancer, uterine cancer, vaginal and vulvar cancer, as well as ovarian cancer. Most gynecological cancers do not show symptoms until late in development, which is why annual cervical exams and screenings are always beneficial to ensure early detection.

Early examination tests

Signs and symptoms of gynecological cancer

  • Enlargement of the abdomen
  • Persistent digestive disturbances
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Pelvic and abdomen pain

Types of gynecological cancers

Cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer among women. There are an estimated 16,000 new cases of invasive cancer of the cervix and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year.

Gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD)

Gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) is a group of conditions in which tumors grow inside a woman’s uterus.

Uterine carcinoma

Uterine carcinoma is the most common cancer in the United States among women. Risk factors include obesity and estrogen stimulation

Vaginal cancer

Vaginal cancer is the cancer of the vagina and most usually occurs when another cancer, such as cervical or endometrial cancer, spreads.

Vulvar cancer

Vulvar cancer is relatively rare and highly curable when diagnosed in an early stage. The incidence is two per 100,000 women. Risk factors include chronic vulvar irritation and sexually transmitted diseases.

Ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, totaling more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.

Treatment options will vary by person and cancer. Our dedicated team will work with you and your family to implement the best treatment option for you.

Our experts

  • Gynecologic Oncologist (Gynecological Cancer Specialist)
    Languages: Spanish
  • Merry J Markham, MD, FACP FASCO
    Cancer Specialist (Oncologist), Hematologist (Blood Disease Specialist), Hematology and Oncology Specialist
  • Cancer Specialist (Oncologist), Hematology and Oncology Specialist
    Martina C Murphy
  • Critical Care Medicine Specialist, Gynecologic Oncologist (Gynecological Cancer Specialist)
    Languages: Turkish
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