Patients, Caregivers & Survivors
Get general information, including risk factors and symptoms, about gynecologic cancers. Also learn more about what to bring to your first appointment with a gynecologic oncologist, possible diagnostic tests, treatment options, and what to expect post-treatment.
Find some of the most important organizations in the cancer support community that provide guidance for women diagnosed with gynecologic cancer.
The SGO Survivorship Toolkit provides convenient resources to help you organize information about your diagnosis, treatment, and long-term follow-up.
Gift of Hope
Gynecologic cancer patients can give the Gift of Hope by donating to the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology. Your gift will fund valuable research to develop new treatments and cures.
In October 2013 Choosing Wisely®, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation, released SGO’s Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question with specific tests or procedures that are commonly ordered but not always necessary in gynecologic oncology. SGO’s Choosing Wisely now has a number of patient resources and is mentioned in various online reference materials related to gynecologic oncology.
On Your Side: The Gynecologic Cancer Care Team
To emphasize the importance of having women with gynecologic malignancies treated by a cancer care team headed by a gynecologic oncologist, SGO has developed a video for patients and their loved ones.
When new treatments for cancer are developed, they are tested through clinical trials in order to know whether they should be added to the standard treatment options offered to patients.
National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms
NCI’s comprehensive Dictionary of Cancer Terms is an excellent resource to help patients research areas of interest in greater depth.
Foundation for Women’s Cancer
The Foundation for Women’s Cancer aims to increase awareness and education, support expanded research and training, and provide knowledge and hope for women diagnosed with cancers specific to them.