Located at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, the gynecologic oncology team is part of the largest cancer program in inland Northern California. Its focus is the diagnosis and treatment of gynecological cancers, including cancers of the uterus, ovary, cervix and vulva. Women can take comfort in the experience of our dedicated oncologists, who are board-certified specialists. Our gynecologic oncologists are not only superb clinicians, but also are actively engaged in education, academics, and research  — which means they are at the leading edge of cancer care.

Our surgeons are highly skilled in minimally invasive techniques such as traditional and robotic-assisted laparoscopy, which may offer patients faster recovery times and less pain, scarring and blood loss than traditional surgery.  They also have expertise in fertility-preserving surgeries for women with gynecologic cancers, including radical vaginal trachelectomy and radical abdominal trachlectomy. Such procedures are available only at a handful of institutions nationwide.

The gynecologic oncology division works closely with specialists from medical oncology, radiation oncology, gynecologic pathology and related surgical subspecialties to provide a full range of expertise. UC Davis’ multidisciplinary treatment team includes social workers, nurse practitioners, dietitians, genetic counselors and pain medicine specialists. Services benefiting patients also include regular tumor boards, which bring together cancer experts to provide insights and recommendations about specific cases.

The division provides consultative and specialty surgical services on an outpatient and inpatient basis at UC Davis Medical Center, as well as at other hospitals in the Sacramento region. Its skilled team also participates in numerous educational and community outreach activities to continually build awareness about cancers that primarily affect women.

Advanced Research and Treatments

The close collaboration among doctors and research scientists at UC  Davis means that new drugs and treatments developed in the laboratory  can quickly move to the clinic, offering patients access to the latest  therapies. For example, the university's physician-scientists are  investigating a new blood test that would allow early detection of  ovarian cancer. They also collaborate with cancer researchers to develop  new targeted treatments for ovarian cancer, which hold the promise for  effective treatment with less toxicity.Our gynecologic oncologists have  published extensively on clinical-outcomes research, which helps focus  attention on best practices in cancer care. In addition, patients at UC  Davis have access to the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) and  Southwestern Oncology Group (SWOG) protocols, which enable them to  obtain the newest drugs and therapies before they become widely  available.

Clinical Services

  • Treatment and diagnosis of a range of gynecologic cancers including cancers of the uterus, ovary, cervix and vulva
  • Fertility-preserving surgeries, including radical abdominal trachlectomy
  • Minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopy and robotic-assisted surgery
  • Close collaboration with other subspecialties at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, including medical oncology, radiation oncology and gynecologic pathology