Important information

A woman with a suspected gynaecological cancer should be referred to a gynaecological oncologist who is a member of the multidisciplinary team at one of the seven specialist centres for gynaecological cancer1.

All specialists listed on Canrefer are members of a multidisciplinary team.

 

What is gynaecological cancer?

Gynaecological cancer is cancer that starts in any part of the female reproductive system. This includes the vagina, uterus, ovaries, cervix, vulva, endometrium or fallopian tubes. 

For patients with suspected ovarian cancer, see the ovarian cancer page.

Graphic of body highlighting female reproductive system

 

What tests are needed?

Common tests used to diagnose a gynaecological cancer include:

  • physical examination including internal examination
  • cervical screening test
  • blood tests
  • imaging - ultrasound, CT scan, MRI scan and/or PET scan
  • biopsy.

 

What treatment options are there?

Treatment for gynaecological cancer may include one or more of the following:

  • surgery
  • chemotherapy
  • targeted therapy
  • radiotherapy.

It is recommended that patients diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer are treated at one of the seven recommended specialist gynaecological oncology centres in NSW:

Some local health districts have a formal referral pathway for women with a gynaecological cancer. If this is not the case, referral to one of the seven centres is recommended. Patients may still be able to have parts of their treatment closer to home. This should be discussed with the treating specialist.

 

How common is gynaecological cancer in NSW?

Gynaecological cancer was diagnosed in:

  • 2011
    1793 people in NSW
  • 2012
    1690 people in NSW
  • 2013
    1698 people in NSW

Data Source: Annual NSW cancer incidence and mortality dataset, 2013 (sourced from the NSW Cancer Registry)

Better cancer care

Better cancer care

Every person with cancer should have their care overseen by a specialist on a multidisciplinary team.

Endometrial cancer clinical guidelines

The nationally recognised best practice pathway for endometrial cancer management in Australia.
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Clinical guidelines

Ovarian cancer clinical guidelines

The nationally recognised best practice pathway for ovarian cancer management in Australia.
Quick reference guide
Clinical guidelines