Gynecologic Cancers

Dr. Ross gyn/onc physician at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center
Dr. Jerlinda Ross, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

About the Program

More than 400 new patients will come to our gynecologic cancer program this year, and there’s a good reason for that. Not only does MUSC Hollings Cancer Center offer you the state’s only female gynecologic oncologists; we also have nationally known radiation oncologists, ovarian cancer specialists and gynecologic pathologists. We specialize in the diagnosis, surgery, treatment and management of cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and vulvar cancer with compassion and thoroughness.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Early Diagnosis & Staging

Advanced strategies for early diagnosis and staging of all types of gynecologic cancers, including:

  • Human papillomavirus testing in addition to Pap smear.
  • Colposcopic assessment for cervical pre-invasive and invasive disease.
  • Same-day in-clinic fine needle aspiration as indicated.
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET/CT Scan) as indicated.
  • Interventional radiology for image-guided biopsy.
  • Robotic surgery (see minimally invasive surgery).

Gynecologic Oncology Group Clinical Trials Participant

In partnership with the Gynecologic Oncology Group, Hollings Cancer Center is able to offer opportunities to participate in national Phase III clinical trials specific to gynecologic cancers providing access to cancer-fighting agents not yet available in regular practice.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Our team is trained in the use of laparoscopic surgery and the da Vinci Surgical System, a robot that helps to increase surgical precision. These techniques are used for:

  • Early pelvic mass evaluations.
  • Staging and treatment for early endometrial, ovarian and cervical cancer.
  • Robotic-assisted laparoscopic lymph node assessment.

Radiation Therapy

  • Specialized radiation oncology services to target therapy and decrease side effects.
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in addition to traditional external beam radiation.
  • Vaginal brachytherapy for treatment of endometrial cancers.