At the Gynaecology Unit of the CCC, we understand that the treatment of cancers associated to the female reproductive organs are particularly challenging, as there are often implications for the future capacity of the patient to conceive, which is a particularly relevant factor for young women. The physical and emotional consequences which accompany this type of oncologic disease in the long-run are consequently an additional concern. To mitigate this suffering and guarantee that the best treatment plan is devised, each case is analysed by a multidisciplinary Disease Management Team comprising professionals from numerous specialties, including medical oncologists, gynaecologists, surgeons, radiotherapists, radiologists, pathologists, geneticists, nuclear medicine specialists, nurses, psycho-oncologists, nutritionists and experts in palliative care.
Our Gynaecology Unit treats all types of gynaecological cancer, including cancers of the cervix, ovaries and endometrium. Endometrial cancer is currently the most frequent malignant gynaecological cancer in women but has high treatment success rates, particularly since it is often diagnosed in its early stages. Ovarian cancer, despite having a low incidence, is one of the cancers with the highest rates of mortality in women. In both cases, genetic factors may be part of the equation and play an important role.
We know that the continuous development of a proactive risk evaluation and early diagnosis programme can be determining factors in the form of how gynaecological cancers are dealt with and the corresponding success rate of the treatment. It is precisely because we know this that the CCC’s Gynaecology Unit adopts the best and most recent protocols, both national and international, in this area of action.
“We have a saying in Portuguese that “Medicine is Art,” which means that we have to adapt, at any given moment, our scientific knowledge to the needs of each person: not only physical needs, but also psychological, professional, social and cultural. This is not always easy, nor obvious. This balance is truly an art.” – Dr. Henrique Nabais, Head of the Gynaecological Unit at the CCC
Research is also a priority for all the members of the Gynaecology Unit. This research has the objective of contributing to the advancement of knowledge in this area and the development of new methods and techniques in order to continually improve treatment of gynaecological cancers and patient life quality. This includes the use of cutting-edge robotic surgery, which can be performed right here in our state-of-the art operating theatres using the latest equipment.
The members of this Unit are dedicated to the study and treatment of the following pathologies: cancer of the vulva, carcinoma of the vagina, cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, gestational trophoblastic neoplasia, uterine sarcomas, epithelial cancer of the fallopian tube, ovarian epithelial cancer and non-epithelial ovarian cancer.
Our Gynaecology Unit doctors
Henrique Nabais, Director of the Gynaecology Unit
Maria Lurdes Batarda, Medical Oncologist
Luis Vieira Pinto, Gynaecologist
Adelaide Vitorino, Gynaecologist