Gynecologic Oncology

Halifax Health - Center for Oncology Department of Gynecologic Oncology Center offers the most advanced treatments and latest technology with comprehensive care from initial diagnostic evaluation and treatment, through ongoing surveillance and survivorship. Led by surgeon Dr. Kelly Molpus, the team is specially-trained to evaluate and treat patient by integrating the latest treatments of complex pelvic surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Our highly-targeted, minimally-invasive surgeries provide less pain, smaller incisions, and shorter hospital stays than conventional exploratory surgeries. The Department of Gynecologic Oncology at Halifax Health is the only program in East Central Florida to offer robotic-assisted surgery for complex GYN-oncology procedures. Patients also have opportunities to participate in national clinic trials.

Halifax Health - Center for Oncology Department of Gynecologic Oncology actively encompasses one of the most experienced GYN-oncology programs in Florida, performing the majority of the region's gynecological surgeries each year. It also offers a dedicated, inpatient oncology unit and private rooms for patients with gynecologic oncology specific needs.
The area's only Gynecologic Oncology program

Halifax Health - Center for Oncology Department of Gynecologic Oncology offers the most advanced treatments and latest technology with comprehensive care from initial diagnostic evaluation and treatment, through ongoing surveillance and survivorship.

What are gynecologic cancers?

Gynecologic cancers are the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells originating in the female reproductive organs, including the cervix, ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva.
What causes gynecologic cancers?

There are many factors that cause gynecologic cancers. Medical research has discovered that some classes of genes, called oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes, promote the growth of cancer. The abnormal function of these genes can be acquired (e.g., through smoking, aging, environmental influences) or inherited. Almost all cervical cancers and some cancers of the vagina and vulva are caused by a virus known as HPV, or Human Papillomavirus.

Can gynecologic cancers be prevented?

Screening and self-examinations conducted regularly can result in the detection of certain types of gynecologic cancers in their earlier stages, when treatment is more likely to be successful and a complete cure is a possibility. Diet, exercise and lifestyle choices play a significant role in the prevention of cancer. Additionally, knowledge of family history can increase the chance of prevention or early diagnosis by determining if someone may have a gene which makes them susceptible to cancer.

Who should treat gynecologic cancers?

Gynecologic cancers should be treated by a gynecologic oncologist.

A gynecologic oncologist is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist who has an additional three to four years of specialized training in treating gynecologic cancers from an American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology-approved fellowship program. This subspecialty program provides training in the biology and pathology of gynecologic cancers, as well as in all forms of treatment for these diseases, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and experimental treatments.

How are gynecologic cancers treated?

Gynecologic cancers are treated by using one or more of the following: surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The choice of therapy depends on the type and stage of the cancer.