Gynecologic Oncology

Our Gynecologic Oncologists are specialty physicians you can trust who are dedicated to the prevention, early detection and treatment of gynecologic cancers.  They are supported by a team of dedicated, experienced personnel.

They provide comprehensive cancer care and offer various options in the prevention and treatment of women's cancers including: 

  • Epithelial Ovarian Cancer - ovarian epithelial cancer, fallopian tube cancer, and primary peritoneal cancer are diseases in which malignant (cancer) cells form from the ovary and/or nearby fallopian tube, or peritoneum.  There are several types of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer.
  • Ovarian Germ Cell Tumor - a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form from the germ (egg) cells of the ovary.  Ovarian germ cell tumors can occur in teenage girls or young women and most often affect just one ovary.  There are several types of Ovarian Germ Cell Tumors.
  • Endometrial Cancer - a disease that begins in the uterus.  There are several types of Endometrial Cancer.  The uterus is the hollow, pear-shaped pelvic organ in women where fetal development occurs.  Endometrial cancer usually begins in the layer of cells that form the lining (endometrium) of the uterus and may be associated with hormones.
  • Other Endometrial or Uterine Cancers - the kind of cancers of the uterus which are aggressive and more likely to spread.
  • Cervical Cancer - the cervix is the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina.  Cervical cancer can often be successfully treated when it's found early.  It is usually found at a very early stage through testing with a pap smear and for HPV DNA.
  • Vaginal and Vulvar Cancer - when cancer starts in the vulva, it is called vulvar cancer.  The vulva is the outer part of the female genital organs.  It has two folds of skin, called the labia.  This cancer usually occurs in the elderly.
  • Gestational Trophoblastic Disease - arises from cells in the placenta, or afterbirth, and is associated with pregnancy.

Non-Cancerous Conditions:

  • Endometriosis - when tissues that usually grow inside the uterus instead grow on the outside.  These tissues often grow on the surfaces of organs in the pelvis or abdomen.
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse - prolapse occurs when the pelvic muscles and tissue become weak and can no longer hold the organs in place correctly.

Types of Surgery

Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery:  for women who have prolapse of the bladder or vagina and women who have urinary incontinence.

Fertility Sparing Surgery: for women diagnosed with early-stage cervical ovarian cancer, or removal of one ovary has become a real option.  This conservative surgery greatly increases the chances of preserving fertility.

Minimally Invasive Surgery: means performing surgery in many cases without large, open incisions and sometimes under sedation and local anesthesia providing:

  • less postoperative discomfort
  • lower risk of infection
  • faster recovery
  • little scarring

Laparoscopic Surgery: often called "belly button surgery," or endoscopy, it is a minimally invasive technique involving small incisions in the abdomen through which major surgical procedures can be performed.

Robotic Surgery: allows skilled surgeons to perform complex medical procedures with great precision utilizing computer-guided instruments which combines trauma-sparing benefits with a minimally-invasive procedure .

One of the greatest trends in the history of surgery is the advent of minimally invasive techniques for a wide spectrum of surgeries.  Our specialty physicians have received both national and international recognition as leaders in the area of gynecologic oncology for their dedication and commitment to the prevention and treatment of women's cancers.

To learn more about The Division of Women’s Cancers, please visit our website:

http://uacc.arizona.edu/research/programs/womens-cancers

To schedule an appointment with a gynecologic oncologist, please call (520) 626-9285 and one of our scheduling coordinators will be happy to assist you.

Anna Salazar
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Clinical Care Coordinator for:
     Gynecologic Oncology
(520) 626-9285 
 
Jaron Solsky
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Administrative Assistant for:
     Gynecologic Oncology    
     Division of Women’s Cancers (University of Arizona Cancer Center)
(520) 626-9283
 
 

Faculty in this Specialty

Bobbi Olson Endowed Chair of Ovarian Cancer Research
Director of Women's Cancers, University of Arizona Cancer Center
Professor and Division Director of Gynecology Oncology, University of Arizona
Room number: UA Cancer Center #4921
(520) 694-0316

Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Room number: UA Cancer Center #1968
(520) 694-0316

Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Room number: 8326E
(520) 626-9285

Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Room number: UA Cancer Center #1968
(520) 694-0316