This chapter focuses on gynaecological cancers and in particular hereditary breast and ovarian cancer; and hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC). Endometrial cancer is also a feature of H...NPCC, and is discussed in this context.
The rare gynaecological cancers discussed in this chapter include germ-cell tumours, sex cord stromal tumours, gynaecological sarcomas and vaginal cancers. The chapter also considers cancer in pregnan...cy...
Sexuality and Body Image
A woman living with gynaecological cancer is confronted by a range of problems that can have a profound psychological impact on the woman and her partner. The important issue of sexuality and body ima...ge is explored in this chapter...
Lower Limb Lymphodema
Lower Limb Lymphodema is characterised by the swelling of limbs and can lead to disabling functional impairment and immobility and a lowered self esteem. This chapter discusses secondary lymphoedema o...f the lower limbs as a result of gynaecological cancer.
eChapter End Matter
This chapter contains the index to the Ausmed chapter series Gynaecological Cancer Care: A Guide to Practice. In addition to this useful reference, a glossary of key terms included in the series is in...cluded and a post-series test that readers may find useful to check their knowledge.
Gestational Trophoblastic Disease
Gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) is a group of interrelated conditions originating from the chorionic portion of the placenta. This chapter explores GTD; its incidence, diagnosis, management an...d more...
Setting the Scene
This chapter discusses gynaecological cancer in general. Learn about the incidence and mortality rates of gynaecological cancer as well as its various types including: Ovarian, Cervical, Uterine, Vulv...al, Vaginal, and Gestational trophoblastic disease...
Ovarian cancer has an insidious onset with vague, non-specific symptoms that are often attributed to other causes- thus causing a delay in diagnosis. This chapter explores ovarian cancer; its various ...types, diagnosis, patterns of spread and more...
Palliative care recognises that cure or long term control of disease is not possible; it is thus concerned with quality rather than quantity of life. This chapter concerns palliative care; its levels,... aims, types and more...
This chapter discusses screening for gynaecological cancers under the following headings: Aims and criteria; Limitations and disadvantages; Who needs screening?; Cervical cancer; and Ovarian cancer......
Chemotherapy for People with Gynanecolog...ical Cancer
In this chapter learn more about chemotherapy; its purposes, administration and side-effects. Also, understand more about new target therapies......
Women with gynaecological cancer can require stomas as a result of surgery for tumour removal or reduction, or the progression and complications of a tumour. This chapter explores the role of stomas i...n the care of women with gynaecological cancer...
Social and Cultural Diversity
This chapter discusses two challenges for health professionals working with women from diverse backgrounds: recognising barriers that exist in providing care for women of diverse backgrounds; and comm...unicating sensitively with these women...
Loss, Grief and Bereavement
Women with gynaecological cancer experience a range of challenges and losses. This chapter discusses the challenges of potential loss, grief and bereavement faced by women with gynaecological cancer......