Throughout the month of September, Cleveland Clinic recognizes Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. Gynecologic cancers attack a woman’s reproductive organs, including the cervix, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva. When you have been diagnosed with a female cancer, seeking care from a gynecologic oncologist before surgery or medical treatment increases your odds of total cure.
Common symptoms of gynecologic cancers are:
• a change in bowel or bladder habits
• a sore in the pelvic area that does not heal
• Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge
• Thickening or lump that either causes pain or can be seen in the pelvic area
• Pain or pressure in the pelvic area
The department of Gynecologic Oncology, part of Cleveland Clinic’s Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health Institute, is located in Cleveland, OH as well as Weston, FL. Our gynecologic oncologists are among approximately 600 gynecologists in the United States who are board-certified in gynecologic oncology, as well as obstetrics and gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Through a team approach, we offer state of the art treatment in a supporting and caring environment.
Robert DeBernardo, MD is a gynecologic oncologist in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and is also the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Cleveland Clinic’s Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health Institute. He is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as gynecologic oncology. He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. His specialty interests include first time and recurrent gynecological cancers, Hyperthermic Intraoperative Peritoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC), endometrial and ovarian cancer, pathogenesis of endometrial cancer, post op thrombosis, complex laparoscopy and laparoscopic management of gynecologic malignancy.
Thomas Morrissey, MD is a gynecologic oncologist in the Department of Gynecology at Cleveland Clinic Florida. He is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Morrissey specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the reproductive system in women. His specialty interests include robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery for cervical, endometrial and ovarian cancers; gestational trophoblastic disease; cervical, vaginal and vulvar dysplasia / HPV-associated disease and gynecologic care of patients with breast cancer.
To make an appointment with Robert DeBernardo MD, Thomas Morrissey, MD or any of the other specialists in Cleveland Clinic’s Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health Institute, please call 216.444.6601, toll-free at 800.223.2273 (extension 46601) or visit us at clevelandclinic.org/obgyn for more information.