Gynecologic oncology is a specialized field of medicine that focuses on cancers of the female reproductive system, including ovarian, vulva and cervical cancer. Your care pathway is carefully planned with your involvement, which is likely to involve:
If you have been referred to us, we will discuss your care in order to establish the best course of treatment for you. Our team consists of radiologists, histopathologists, oncologists, McMillan nurses and your gynae-oncology consultant.
If a decision has been made for you to have an operation, you will have a pre-operation assessment and be admitted to the gynaecology ward.
If you have had an operation for cancer, we will offer you a choice of either a telephone consultation or face to face appointment to see your consultant to discuss the results of your histology.
Cancer follow-up clinics
You will be given an appointment in our cancer follow-up clinic approximately 6 week after you have had surgery.
We provide specialist care and treatment for women with endometriosis (a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes) and pelvic pain.
Your care pathway is carefully planned with your involvement. It is likely to involve:
If you have been referred our specialist clinic you will be seen by the consultant or one of their team. Your symptoms and treatment options will be discussed with you. We offer a number of treatments for endometriosis including medical management and a wide range of keyhole (laparoscopic) operations.
If you have a more complexed case you may be discussed at our monthly endometriosis multi-disciplinary meetings where a number of different specialists provide input to your care. This may include bladder surgeons, bowel surgeons and radiologists.
Minimal access surgery
If the decision has been made with you to have an operation, you will have a pre-op assessment and be admitted to either Level 11 the Gynaecology Ward (see inpatient services) or Level 5 Day Surgery Unit. Keyhole surgery is the preferred method and usually done as a day case for minor procedures. In more complex cases you will need to be admitted to the ward.
Voluntary support group
Our support group for sufferers of endometriosis is run at the Royal Sussex County Hospital by volunteers Hilary Denyer and Carol Pearson from Endometriosis UK. Meetings take place at Sussex House, 1 Abbey Road in Brighton. Abbey Road runs down the side of the Outpatient Department and Sussex House is a large building on the bottom right hand corner with St George’s Road.
Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been suffering from endometriosis for some time, or are a partner, friend of family member of a sufferer, you are welcome to attend to receive support and information. Meetings are a mixture of speaker meetings or general support where we chat over tea and coffee. If you are interested in receiving further details about the meetings, please contact Hilary and Carol on firstname.lastname@example.org or by text on 07972 126134.
Assessment and treatment for women with pelvic floor disorders and lower urinary tract problems. For further information, visit the urogynaecology webpage.