Gynecologic Cancer Expertise
Your Northwestern Medicine gynecologic cancer care team will work with you to help you receive the most advanced and research-based treatments to meet your needs, while preserving fertility and sexual function.
With gynecologic cancer experts in Chicago and the northern and western suburbs, we help women from all areas access the care they need to live a healthy life.
All stages and types of gynecologic cancers are treated by the physician specialists of Northwestern Medicine, including:
- Ovarian cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Vaginal cancer
- Vulvar cancer
- Fallopian tube cancer
- Primary peritoneal cancer
Nurse navigators to guide you
The goal of your cancer care team is to help reduce anxiety associated with cancer treatment and support your overall wellbeing. Each patient is assigned a specialized nurse navigator to guide you and your family through treatment.
Your navigator works closely with your physicians to coordinate your care, answer questions and connect you to beneficial support services. Throughout your care, your navigator will provide education about your diagnosis and care plan.
Healthy eating is important for everyone, but people with cancer often have special concerns. Registered dietitians provide up-to-date, research-based nutrition advice throughout cancer treatment and into recovery.
A registered dietitian who specializes in oncology nutrition is available to discuss your nutritional needs, provide resources and education and answer your nutrition questions when you undergo chemotherapy. Topics include managing your appetite, enhancing your immune system and getting adequate nutrition.
When cancer surgery or treatment has left you feeling weaker, having difficulty keeping up with your activities of daily living or with special physical needs, you can depend on our Rehabilitation staff to get you back on the road to recovery.
Physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists can work with you on strength and conditioning, self-care, swallowing and communication. They can also perform manual lymph drainage, compression and exercises to help you manage the symptoms of lymphedema and avoid inflammation and infections.
Support services for Gynecologic Cancer
If you are battling gynecologic cancer, LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, part of Northwestern Medicine, can be a vital component of your treatment and recovery. LivingWell serves as a gathering place providing comfort and community to anyone experiencing the effects of cancer. The LivingWell staff works to ensure that you and your family feel less isolated, better informed, more hopeful and empowered to take on the challenge of facing cancer.
LivingWell services include more than 75 free-of-charge programs including educational classes, support and networking groups, exercise classes, counseling, nutrition classes, and stress reduction classes. For more information or a schedule of events, contact the staff at email@example.com or 630.262.1111.
The American Cancer Society Healing Boutiques
The American Cancer Society Healing Boutiques offer brand new wigs, hats and scarfs at no cost while you are undergoing cancer treatment. An experienced American Cancer Society (ACS) volunteer will help you select and fit the right wig. Appointments are available to discuss your specific needs and preferences.
ACS Healing Boutique at Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital: To make an appointment, call 312.472.5302.
ACS Wig Boutique at Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center Warrenville: To make an appointment, call 630.932.1141. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.
ACS Wig Boutique at LivingWell Cancer Resource Center: No appointments needed. Open during regular business hours. Please call LivingWell for more information at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.
ACS Wig Boutique at Grayslake Outpatient Center: To make an appointment, call 847.535.7400.
To schedule an appointment with any Northwestern Medicine ACS Healing Boutique, please call the American Cancer Society Patient Service Center at 800.782.7716.
Battling cancer is a multistep journey that may require many visits. During treatment, you need to devote your energy to getting healthy, not getting to the next appointment. That’s why treatment and support services at Northwestern Medicine are conveniently located throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, so you can get quick access to all the expertise and support you need, close to home.