St. Vincent GYN Oncology is a national leader in treating female cancers
Gynecologic (GYN) cancer refers to the cancers of the female reproductive system (ovarian, cervical, uterine/endometrial cancer, vulvar and leiomyosarcoma
). At St. Vincent Cancer Care the Gynecologic Oncology (GYN/ONC) Clinic is the largest in the state of Indiana, treating more women with gynecologic
malignancies than other medical groups. Our board-certified GYN/ONC physicians and staff have created a personalized healing environment for women
diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer. Our GYN/ONC physicians are well-suited for challenging and complex cases and use world-class treatments to improve
recovery times and overall outcomes.
Special interests of the GYN/ONC physicians:
- Treating Gestational trophoblastic diseases (rare tumors that develop in the uterus)
- Treating high-risk patients due to family history and genetic profile for ovarian and endometrial cancers
- Personalizing the surgical and chemotherapy management of early and advanced uterine, cervical, vulvar, and ovarian cancer patients
- Managing GYN cancers using intraperitoneal chemotherapy
- Researching the molecular and clinical aspects of endometrial cancer, as well as, other gynecologic malignancies
- Utilizing the da Vinci® robotic surgery to improve outcomes in obese patients
- Leading clinical trials locally to directly benefit our patients.
Genetic risk assessment and counseling is a part of the clinic experience for women with ovarian and endometrial cancers. Throughout your journey, a
dedicated patient navigator, based out of the clinic, is always available by phone to get answers to your questions. The physician assistants are another
resource educating each patient is an important component of this program.
Treating women for GYN cancers from a three state area
Our patients come from all parts of Indiana, and parts of Ohio and Illinois.The GYN/ONC Clinic is located in the St. Vincent Professional Office Building
(POB) on 8402 Harcourt Rd. Suite 420, Indianapolis, IN, 317-583-2496. This medical group works closely with the medical oncologists and radiation
oncologists at the St. Vincent Cancer Center across the street, as well as, Supportive Services and Survivorship Programs at St. Vincent Health.
Our GYN Oncologists are researchers, clinicians, teachers, and advocates for women with these cancers. Many are lead investigators in national multi-site
and local research studies. The GYN/ONC clinic is also a rotation in the St. Vincent Medical Residency Program.
A Holistic Approach – healing the body, mind and spirit
Preventing these types of female reproductive organ cancers is very important and while the St. Vincent GYN/ONC Clinic is not a cancer screening clinic, it
is a leader in educating primary care and OB/GYN physicians, as well as, women at high risk for cancer how to prevent and detect these cancers early. For
example, women who are overweight or obese have a higher risk for GYN cancers.
The St. Vincent specialists have extensive experience with women of all ages and sizes. These St. Vincent physicians have developed surgical techniques and
procedures to better fit the needs of our patients, and as a result, deliver better outcomes, a strong healing environment and a strong program for
GYN/ONC Frequently Asked Questions
A. Please allow 4 hours for the first surgical appointment or consultation. There are several specialists within our clinic you will see. Bring a photo ID, insurance card, pertinent medical records, test results and imaging studies that show anything abnormal (including PETscan, CT, MRI, and ultrasound imaging results). Bring a list of your current medications, supplements and over-the-counter medications. Completing the paperwork prior to the appointment is most helpful and enables the physician to review this information prior to your appointment. Same day appointments are available for emergent cases. All surgeries are performed at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis,IN.
Use this link to access GYN/ONC patient forms.
HPV, smoking and age are all risk factors for these two gynecologic cancers. If you have routinely had PAP smear tests and the HPV screening test and no abnormal results have been reported then the risk of developing this cancer is very low. HPV stands for Human papillomavirus and is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States and is directly linked to both cancers. According to the CDC, "Despite evidence that cervical cancer screening saves lives, approximately 8 million women ages 21 to 65 years have not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years (www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns). More than half of new cervical cancer cases occur among women who have never or rarely been screened. Ask your primary care physician about having a Pap Smear test and HPV test or whether getting the HPV vaccine is right for you.
A: The BRAC 1-2 gene mutations are believed to cause 10% of all ovarian cancer cases in the U.S. There is also a strong genetic link to endometrial cancer. While the carrier frequency is considered low (1 in 800) certain ethnic groups, such as Ashkenazi Jews are at higher risk, and a woman can inherit the BRAC 1 or BRAC 2 gene mutation from either their mother or father. St. Vincent Cancer Care Genetic Counselors are trained to evaluate family history for hereditary cancer syndromes and offer genetic testing. They work closely with the GYN/ ONC physicians as treatment plans are developed for each patient. They are also a resource for educating other at-risk family members so all can make an informed choice.
A: Many of the GYN/ONC symptoms can be confused as body discomfort and bloating, discounted as signs of menopauses, or bladder issues like the urgency to urinate. Our partners at Ovar'Coming Together have a symptoms checker tool and diary form. Indianapolis has a strong chapter and this group offers many educational and social activities for ovarian cancer survivors
A: The GYN/ONC Clinic has several resources. A medical assistant is a certified Hispanic translator and on the St. Vincent campus other translators are available upon request. One of our physicians is also fluent in Polish and Russian. The role of our Patient Navigators is to help translate the medical terminology in a way that you can understand it.
For a full list of gynecologic cancer terms and definitions click here.
A: Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer: abnormal uterine bleeding, post-menopausal bleeding
Ovarian Cancer: GI complaints, feeling full after eating just a little bit of food, urinary complaints and bloating
Cervical Cancer: Abnormal Pap smear, abnormal bleeding/discharge, post-coital bleeding
Vulvar Cancer forms in women's genitalia: Lump or mass, itchy skin
More detailed information about each GYN cancer type is available here.
GYN/ONC Clinic, St.Vincent Professional Office Building
St.Vincent Gynecologic Oncology
Professional Office Building
8402 Harcourt Rd., Suite 420
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Centralized scheduling (317) 415-6740
Fax: (317) 583-2496
Toll-Free: (888) 488-1145
St.Vincent Gynecologic Oncology offers outreach clinics in other locations. Call centralized scheduling to inquire.
Click here for patient forms (in English and Spanish)
To the St.Vincent Indianapolis campus and GYN/ONC clinic
From Northwest of Indianapolis
Take Interstate 65 South to Interstate 865 to Interstate 465 East. Continue on Interstate 465 East to the Michigan Road/US421 exit (Exit 27). Turn right and head south to 86th Street. Turn left on 86th Street and head east. The various campus facilities may be entered from Township Line Road, Naab Road, or Harcourt Road. St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital is located between Naab Road and Harcourt Road.
From Northeast of Indianapolis
Take Interstate 69 South to Interstate 465 West. Continue on Interstate 465 West to the Meridian Street/US31 exit (Exit 31). Turn left and head south to 86th Street. Turn right on 86th Street and head west. The various campus facilities may be entered from Township Line Road, Naab Road, or Harcourt Road. St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital is located between Naab Road and Harcourt Road.
From East of Indianapolis
Take Interstate 70 West or Interstate 74 West to Interstate 465 North. Continue on Interstate 465 North, which turns into Interstate 465 West. Continue on Interstate 465 West to the Meridian Street/US31 exit (Exit 31). Turn left and head south to 86th Street. Turn right on 86th Street and head west. The various campus facilities may be entered from Township Line Road, Naab Road, or Harcourt Road. St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital is located between Naab Road and Harcourt Road.
From South of Indianapolis
Take Interstate 65 North to Interstate 465 West. Continue on Interstate 465 West, which turns into Interstate 465 North. Continue on Interstate 465 North, which turns into Interstate 465 East. Continue on Interstate 465 East to the Michigan Road/US421 exit (Exit 27). Turn right and head south to 86th Street. Turn left on 86th Street and head east. The various campus facilities may be entered from Township Line Road, Naab Road, or Harcourt Road. St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital is located between Naab Road and Harcourt Road.
From West of Indianapolis
Take Interstate 70 East or Interstate 74 East to Interstate 465 North. Continue on Interstate 465 North, which turns into Interstate 465 East. Continue on Interstate 465 East to the Michigan Raod/US421 exit (Exit 27). Turn right and head south to 86th Street. Turn left on 86th and head east. The various campus facilities may be entered from Township Line Road, Naab Road, or Harcourt Road. St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital is located between Naab Road and Harcourt Road.
Professional Office Building valet parking
This service is provided at no charge and the attendant is happy to give you additional parking options and directions. If you are entering through St.Vincent Hospital’s main entrance, stop at the information desk on the first floor to get directions to the Professional Office Building which connected to the hospital by a covered walkway. Then take the elevator to the 4th floor.