Gynaecological Cancer

Patients with endometrial (womb), cervical and ovarian cancers can be cared for at The Clatterbridge Clinic.

Endometrial cancer is often treated with a hysterectomy. Following surgery further treatment with radiotherapy, or sometimes chemotherapy, may be recommended.

Radiotherapy consists of external beam radiotherapy and may be followed by internal radiotherapy known as brachytherapy. For patients with low risk endometrial cancer, brachytherapy may be the only radiotherapy required.

Cervical cancer may be treated by hysterectomy or radiotherapy or a combination of both. Intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) may be used to spare adjacent healthy tissue from side effects, especially the small bowel which can be sensitive to radiation.

Ovarian cancer is often treated with surgery to remove the uterus (womb), ovaries and any areas of cancer seen within the abdomen and pelvis. Chemotherapy is then usually used to delay or prevent the cancer returning after the operation.

Primary peritoneal cancer behaves like ovarian cancer but arises from the thin membrane that lines the abdominal cavity and its internal organs. It is treated in exactly the same way as ovarian cancer.

A whole spectrum of chemotherapy drugs for ovarian cancer are available at The Clatterbridge Clinic, as well as modern targeted therapies such as bevacizumab (Avastin™).