Radiation Therapy for Gynecologic Cancers

This information is useful for adults and older adults
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our physicians use targeted radiation therapies to minimize damage to non-cancerous tissues.
  • Teams of surgeons, radiologists and specialists in diagnostic imaging work together to provide personalized treatment plans.
  • We provide life-long care to help patients with fertility and sexual intimacy issues.

When women experience gynecologic cancer, not only are their lives threatened but the treatments can have long-term impacts on their lives—affecting fertility and sexual intimacy.

That's why multi-disciplinary teams of Yale Medicine physicians are pioneering new treatments aimed at minimizing those side effects. The Oncology Radiation group within the Department of Therapeutic Radiology specializes in caring for women with gynecologic cancer, providing them with highly targeted radiation therapies designed to avoid damaging non-cancerous tissues. 

Yale Medicine physician, Susan Higgins, MD, a professor of therapeutic radiology and of obstetrics at Yale School of Medicine, recalls a patient she treated eight years ago who returned recently for a checkup. She had experienced few long-term side effects, and she had a healthy 8-year-old child who was born just prior to her surgery. "As a Yale Medicine physician, you are proud to be part of a team that's able to accomplish something like that," Dr. Higgins says.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.