GOC’s mandate in women’s health

The Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada is a non-profit organization consisting of physicians, nurses, scientists and other health care professionals specializing in gynecologic oncology. Its purpose is to improve the care of women with or at risk of gynecologic cancer by raising standards of practice, encouraging ongoing research, promoting innovation in prevention, care and discovery, and advancing awareness. GOC also seeks to disseminate knowledge to practitioners, patients and the general public on gynecologic cancer as well as cooperate with other organizations committed to women’s health care, oncology, and related fields.

What is gynecologic oncology?

Gynecologic oncology is a specialized field of medicine that focuses on cancers of the female reproductive system, including ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, vaginal cancer, cervical cancer, and vulvar cancer.

What is a gynecologic oncologist?

A gynecologic oncologist is a specialist who has had five years of postgraduate training in obstetrics and gynecology. He/she subsequently does a further two years of cancer training. The principle of longitudinal integrated care is the hallmark of the gynecologic oncology practice. This means that a single physician has the necessary skills and knowledge to manage a patient from screening and initial diagnosis of gynecological cancer, to its treatment and subsequent therapy in both surgery and chemotherapy, and subsequent palliative care if necessary.

These physicians are highly trained in all aspects of gynecological cancer and include specialized training in radical surgical procedures, chemotherapy, the use of radiation therapy and other treatments of the disease. The majority of GOC’s Membership is affiliated with a University and Cancer Centre; typically they devote a significant portion of their practice to research and education.

Kinds of gynecological cancers

Gynecological cancers are cancers that occur in a woman’s reproductive organs.

Uterine/Endometrial Cancer

Ovarian/Fallopian Tube Cancer

Cervical Cancer

Vulvar Cancer

Vaginal Cancer