More women today are surviving gynecological cancers than ever before. Genetic testing, more effective surgeries and better chemotherapy are helping our patients live longer.
For decades, women with even the most complex GYN cancers have turned to Ochsner. Our team cares for more patients with female organ cancers than any other program in New Orleans. We’re here to listen to your goals and create a treatment plan that’s right for you.
You Want Us in Your Corner
The Gynecologic Oncology team at Ochsner strives to provide unmatched care to women in our region with cervical, uterine, ovarian, fallopian tube, vulvar and vaginal cancers. With three board-certified gynecologic specialists, Ochsner is dedicated to treating the full spectrum of gynecological cancers through the least invasive means possible.
Unlike many centers, Ochsner takes a comprehensive approach to GYN cancer treatment. The physician who makes your diagnosis performs your surgery and oversees your chemotherapy. You develop a relationship with doctor who becomes personally invested in your case. You are not a statistic at Ochsner.
As one of the first health systems in the nation to perform robotic gynecologic surgeries, the Ochsner team has experience second to none. We offer robotic hysterectomy to treat uterine cancer and robotic radical hysterectomy and robotic trachelectomy to treat cervical cancer. These cutting-edge technologies lead to faster recovery times and preservation of fertility.
Your First Appointment
What to Bring
For your first appointment, bring your insurance card, co-payment (you may pay by check or credit card), an identification card, a list of the medications you take and your medical record (if you are not already an Ochsner patient). If applicable, also bring your x-rays and pathology reports. For follow-up appointments, bring your insurance card, co-payment and identification card. Free, ample parking is available at both of our locations: in front of the Benson Cancer Center at Ochsner Medical Center – Jefferson Highway and in the Jena Parking Garage at Ochsner Baptist in uptown New Orleans.
What to Expect
Your appointment should take around 45-60 minutes. Your provider and the department support staff will review your personal medical history and your family history. You will undergo a physical exam. Your doctor will spend ample time to discuss your treatment options. Depending upon your diagnosis, your doctor may order laboratory and/or diagnostic tests and discuss a recommended treatment plan.
Patient Housing Options
Patients may stay at Ochsner’s Brent House Hotel, a full-service hotel with guest rooms and suites adjacent to Ochsner Medical Center. Call toll free 1-800-535-3986 or go to brenthouse.com for more information.
Patients and a caregiver may also stay at the American Cancer Society’s Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge. This program helps patients cope with the cancer treatment process and provides a supportive environment for patients. Ochsner can help coordinate housing arrangements if needed and additional information is available by calling 504-219-2200.
Qualified patients and family members can obtain free lodging at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.
Early detection is your best defense against gynecological cancers. PAP smears and genetic testing is available at Ochsner as are mammograms for breast cancer detection.
To schedule a screening, call 504-842-4165.
All patients are welcome to come to Ochsner for a second opinion on any type of gynecological cancer. If you’d like a confirmation of your diagnosis and/or treatment plan, call 504-842-4165.
Putting the Team Approach to Work for Our Patients
We don’t just talk about the multi-disciplinary approach, we live it. At Ochsner, you’ll have a dedicated nurse navigator and a talented team of experts beside you every step of the way. Learn more about our team approach.