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Gynaecological Oncology

Welcome to the Gynaecological Oncology Homepage

The Beacon Hospital Gynaecological Oncology Division is a multidisciplinary team of consultants and nurses providing comprehensive, compassionate care for women with gynaecological cancers. Our team of experts provides comprehensive care for women with gynaecological cancers, including the surgical management, administration of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

We utilise state-of-the-art technology to screen for and treat all types of gynaecological cancers and design a treatment plan that suits each patient’s individual needs.

Radiotherapy is an important component of the therapeutic management of patients with gynaecological cancers.  Radiotherapy is used in about 60% of cervix cancers, 45% of endometrial cancers and 35% of patients with vulvar cancer. The aim from radiotherapy is to prevent cancer recurrence, increase cancer sensitivity to chemotherapy, and improve survival and quality of life.

We are proud to provide high technology treatment at our centre (such as IMRT) to deliver external beam radiotherapy. The use of such technology decreases the risk of radiation induced toxicities (especially important in patients undergoing concurrent chemotherapy) while maintaining the above benefits.

Chemotherapy, or the use of chemical agents to destroy cancer cells, is one of the main forms of cancer treatment. During chemotherapy, cancer medication is administered to the patient orally, intravenously or directly into the tumour using a catheter. A benefit of chemotherapy is that it has the ability to destroy cancer cells that may have spread to other parts of the body that might be very difficult to treat by surgery or radiation therapy.

Chemotherapy is typically administered in cycles with treatments lasting from three to six months.  The use of chemotherapy varies from patient to patient and from one cancer to another.  Chemotherapy could be the only treatment or in conjunction with either surgery or radiation. Depending on the cancer, stage and fitness of the patient, the aim of chemotherapy can be curative, palliative, or adjuvant to either surgery or radiotherapy.

Referral via GP letter only – phone 01 2938684, fax 01 293 8641

We are pleased to offer the following services:

  • Evaluation of ovarian masses or cysts
  • Post-menopausal bleeding
  • Endometrial hyperplasia
  • Known or suspected gynaecological cancer
  • Abnormal cervical smears
  • Colposcopy; diagnostic & therapeutic
  • Fertility-sparing surgery

We offer comprehensive surgical care for patients with gynaecological cancers.  Our philosophy is to utilise minimally invasive techniques, laparoscopic surgery, when appropriate. Minimal invasive approach allows treatment of complex problems with smaller incisions and improved recovery.

Our range of surgical services include:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Fertility-sparing surgery
  • Advanced radical pelvic surgery for the treatment of ovarian, cervical, endometrial and vulvar cancer when needed.

We offer counselling and screening for women at risk for:

  • Ovarian cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Gynaecological complications of breast cancer therapy
  • Cervical cancer
  • Gestational trophoblastic disease or molar pregnancy