A cancer diagnosis will fundamentally change the life of any woman receiving it. Physical and emotional stress will affect how the woman feels about and in herself. Dealing with the diagnosis and the further course of treatment will require her to trust the team of medical staff.
At the Women’s Health Center Cologne, we work hand-in-hand with an interdisciplinary and multi-professional network to ensure that our patients receive the best possible medical treatment, care and support.
The general term "gynaecological cancers" comprises the following:
- Cancer of the uterus (endometrial cancer)
- Cancer of the ovaries (ovarian cancer)
- Cancers of the external female genital organs (vulvar cancer)
- Cancer of the neck of the womb (cervical cancer)
State-of-the-art diagnostics and gentle treatment
Gynaecological tumours are caused by the uncontrolled growth of genetically altered cells. As the symptoms often do not appear until the disease is quite advanced, certain measures exist for early detection. Targeted gynaecological diagnostics can be used to detect cancers of the female genital organs, and the early stages of such cancers, at a very early stage. We at the University Clinic of Cologne use the very latest methods of video colposcopy for this. Combined with the laboratory analysis of tissue samples, we can be sure of achieving the highest diagnostic certainty.
In all our treatments for gynaecological cancer, we always strive to achieve the minimum possible stress for the patient. All treatment decisions are always made in close co-operation with her. One of the major focuses at the Women’s Health Center Cologne is on minimally invasive surgery. This surgical technique is very gentle, and at the same time offers a high level of safety.
We offer patients who want to have children but who face the risk of infertility following planned radiation or chemotherapy the option of cryopreservation – of freezing egg cells and ovarian tissue. This method was developed at the University Clinic of Cologne.
From science to practice / Groundbreaking research activities
Our experts are constantly researching the causes of tumour development, and working to incorporate their findings in the latest treatment concepts. One important focus is our research into recurring ovarian tumours. Here at the University Clinic of Cologne, we have already implemented a number of innovative treatment approaches that take into account the individuality of a particular tumour.
Scientific research into the accompanying treatment also plays an important role at the University Clinic. The latest findings have shown that there is a positive link between physical activity and the patient's mental well-being. In a pilot scheme, these links are now being examined in-depth on a special training area, and incorporated in the therapeutic practice.
- Gynaecological sonography using the latest high-end ultrasound equipment
- High-resolution video colposcopy
- Tissue removal (biopsy) and histological examination
- Surgical therapies, focus: minimally invasive surgery
- Removal of the womb (hysterectomy)
- Multivisceral surgery to reduce tumour size
- Vulvectomy with plastic reconstruction
- Surgery for recurring tumours (relapse) or metastases (the malignant tumour spreads to other organs)
- Operation on advanced uterine tumours following chemo and radiation therapy
- Tumour therapy by medication: antibody, chemotherapy, hormone therapy. Accompanying offers (e.g. sports therapy, naturopathy, pain therapy)
- Cryopreservation for patients who wish to have children