From suspected cancer to follow-up care: treatment of Women's Cancers in Austria at Wiener Privatklinik
The best-known tumor of the female genitalia is cervical carcinoma, or carcinoma of the cervix. Once known as the most common malignant tumor in the female genital area, intensive screening has reduced this disease by 75 percent in recent years.
The development of cervical carcinoma usually occurs through infection with certain types of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is usually transmitted through sexual contact. An HPV vaccine against cervical cancer and its precursors has also been available for several years.
This precautionary measure has led to a decrease in the incidence of the disease. Cancer precursors can nowadays even be treated locally with a special ointment, unthinkable a few years ago.
Information on Uterine & Ovarian Cancer
The malignant tumor uterine body carcinoma develops in the uterine cavity and affects mainly women in and after menopause, childlessness, high blood pressure and obesity.
The typical symptoms often start with bleeding, after menopause, which is why these should be clarified and examined directly.
In case of early diagnoses and therapies, the chances of cure are considered very good.
Dangerous is ovarian cancer, where early detection is only possible with vaginal ultrasound, because early symptoms are hardly noticeable and therefore patients rarely notice them.
Another case in which extreme caution is necessary is in the case of family history of the disease. Genetic testing is strongly recommended here, and in the case of a positive laboratory result, prophylactic removal of the ovaries should also be discussed here.
Endoscopic Methods at Wiener Privatklinik
Vaginal cancer, carcinoma of the labia, mainly affects women after 60, and risk factors include childlessness, hypertension, and obesity. In the case of disease, the operational success rate is at 60 to 70 percent.
More extensive involvement will require chemotherapy or even a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, possibly followed by surgical treatment.
Minimally invasive endoscopic techniques are most common here, but there are also still the classic open procedures.
Tumor Board WPK: Interdisciplinarity in Modern Cancer Treatment
Interdisciplinarity and modern cancer treatment form an essential combination nowadays. The so-called tumor board of the Wiener Privatklinik is a regular meeting of specialists from different areas with different specifications. The goal is to work together as an interdisciplinary team to determine the optimal treatment for each individual patient.
The important premise is to accompany the patient on her journey; the Tumor Board is therefore not reduced to the medical questions that are naturally in the foreground.
The entire spectrum of the patient's medical journey and oncological therapy is covered: from suspicion, to the best possible treatment method, to aftercare. The most important thing: constant support and the possibility and proximity of a competent contact person.
The consequences of a genital tumor and its treatment are very far-reaching: Loss of libido, vaginal dryness, vaginal shortening and more can be the result.
Sexuality occupies an important position in the process of oncological rehabilitation: it achieves positive effects for the healing process!
Management of sexuality after treatment
After certain surgeries or after radiation, patients often fear that they will no longer be able to have sex. However, depending on the previous therapy, patients can have intercourse again after six weeks to three months. The healing process is supported by loving companionship with a partner.
Learn more about cancer of the female reproductive organs and its preliminary stages at the Wiener Privatklinik
One of the tasks of Wiener Privatklinik is to educate and provide valuable information on such immanent topics. Learn more about cancer of the female reproductive organs and its precursors here.