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Division of Gynecologic Oncology

The Division of Gynecologic Oncology is composed of a nationally recognized team of health care providers specializing in the care of women with cancers of the reproductive system. The Division is an active member of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-supported cancer center. The Cancer Center is one of the largest medical school-affiliated cancer research centers in the East, and is directed by a group of cancer researchers of international distinction. Working in collaboration with the Cancer Center, patients receive state of the art therapies and benefit from translational research, from the laboratory to the bedside.

A full range of clinical services is provided- consultations, surgery (including minimally invasive surgical procedures), chemotherapy and radiation, and follow-up care-- so that women can receive comprehensive and individualized care.

The outpatient offices are designed to facilitate a smooth flow of patients, minor surgeries and procedures. The offices have state of the art equipment, including lasers, hysteroscopy, loop electrosurgical units, ultrasound machines and a bone densitometer. Patients are seen in Westchester and the Bronx.

The Division has 5 full time attending gynecologic oncologists who have received specialized training in the management of women with cancers of the female reproductive system. In addition to these highly trained physicians there are three clinical nurse oncologists who monitor patients receiving chemotherapy. This team of health care providers works closely with a data manager in providing the latest available treatments. Participation in research protocols provides access to current and innovative therapies for patients with ovarian, endometrial, cervical, and vulvar cancers. Protocols are also available for women with vaginal cancers, fallopian tube cancers and gestational trophoblastic disease.

In addition to the clinical faculty, Dr. S. Romney and 2 research scientists direct a laboratory investigating the nutritional and viral associations with cervical neoplasms. Affiliations with medical oncology (R. Perez-Soler, MD), pathology (J. Jones, MD) and the cancer center (J Pollard, Ph.D.) provide expertise and collaboration in their respective areas.

Comprehensive surgical expertise is provided for patients in need of surgery. Laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgeries are utilized when appropriate. In recognition of their specialized skills in pelvic surgery, the physicians also treat women with complex gynecologic problems, in addition to women with female genital tract malignancies.

With the acceptance of genetic changes identifying patients at risk for breast, ovarian, endometrial and colon cancer, a screening program is available to counsel and treat patients with personal or family histories of cancer. This program includes consultation and counseling by a genetic counselor, and a gynecologic oncologist.

In addition to providing gynecologic care for women with breast cancer, a program has been developed for these women to carefully screen for ovarian and uterine cancer. A special protocol is used to follow women on Tamoxifen.

The Division has been a recognized leader in the evaluation of patients with abnormal Pap smears, preinvasive cervical disease and cervical cancer. Innovative treatment modalities and strategies are offered as well as enrollment in studies evaluating the epidemiologic, viral, nutritional and immunological roles in cervical neoplasia. All therapeutic options are available including laser, loop electrosurgical procedures (LEEP, LLETZ) and cryosurgery on an outpatient basis.

The Division has demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and clinical practice. The faculty is responsible for educating medical students, residents and postgraduate fellows. Varied in their research interest, the faculty is active in clinical and laboratory research. The entire spectrum of gynecologic oncology is represented in these research efforts.

A strong interest in public health and community outreach is demonstrated by divisional programs. There are educational programs for teenagers aimed at reducing the risk of cervical cancer in the Bronx. The faculty regularly lectures to the nearby communities and neighboring regions, and are involved in local and regional programs promoting health care education for women.