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Uncommon Cancers




  • Discusses germ cell tumours; their pathogenesis and prognosis, types, presentation, diagnosis and management
  • Focuses on sex cord stromal tumours; their pathogenesis and prognosis, types, presentation, diagnosis and management
  • Describes sarcomas and their various types
  • Includes a discussion on vaginal cancer; its presentation, diagnosis, patterns of spread and management
  • Explains cancers in pregnancy; their types and treatment

Uncommon gynaecological cancers present particular challenges for affected women and the health professionals who care for them. For the woman and her family, it can be difficult to come to terms with a disease of which they have no prior knowledge. 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 pregnancy.


Contents include

  • Germ cell tumours
    • Pathogenesis and prognosis
    • Types
    • Presentation
    • Diagnosis
    • Management
  • Sex cord stromal tumours
    • Pathogenesis and prognosis
    • Types
    • Presentation
    • Diagnosis
    • Management
  • Sarcomas
    • General
    • Uterine sarcoma
    • Cervical sarcoma
    • Ovarian sarcoma
    • Vulval sarcoma
    • Vaginal sarcoma
    • Fallopian-tube sarcoma
  • Vaginal cancer
    • General
    • Pre-invasive disease
    • Types of vaginal cancer
    • Presentation
    • Diagnosis
    • Patterns of spread
    • Management
  • Cancer in pregnancy
    • General
    • Types of cancer
    • Treatment during pregnancy
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Author / Editor Biographies

Georgina Richter is a registered nurse at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (South Australia). After completing her nursing training at the hospital in 1992, she went on to work in urology and gynaecological oncology for the following 11 years. She has held the position of gynaecological oncology Clinical Support Nurse at the Royal Adelaide Hospital since 2003.
Rosie McCahill has been the Clinical Nurse Specialist for gynaecology in the Beatson Oncology Centre (Glasgow, Scotland) since 1998. This role has a large clinical component, and involves developing and implementing nurse led services including a consultancy service for patients and healthcare professionals. The role also includes the development of academic courses for nurses and healthcare professionals. Rosie has previously worked in surgical cancer centres for gynaecological oncology in Glasgow and Edinburgh. While working in Edinburgh, Rosie graduated from the University of Edinburgh with...
Clinical Nurse Consultant - Gynaecological / Oncology - Westmead Hospital Colleague = SHANNON PHILP
Tish Lancaster is a registered nurse who holds an oncology certificate and bachelor's degree in health science (nursing). She is a fellow of the College of Nursing (NSW), a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia, deputy chairperson of the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia, and the chairperson of the society's Research Advisory Committee. Tish has worked as a cancer nurse for more than 20 years, and is currently the clinical nurse consultant for gynaecological oncology at Westmead Hospital (Sydney, Australia).

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