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Ask the Doctor: Anne Kent, M.D.

Q. Why would my gynecologist refer me to a gynecologic oncologist?

A: As an obstetrician and gynecologist committed to providing my patients with the best, most state-of-the-art medical care, there are several cases when I enlist the expertise of my gynecologic oncology colleagues.

Gynecologic oncologists are OB/GYN doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of women with cancers of the reproductive organs including ovaries, cervix, uterus, vagina and vulva. These physicians have pursued an additional three to four years of specialized training following a traditional four-year OB/GYN residency. With their expertise, the following types of medical cases are referred to gynecologic oncologists:

  1. Treatment of cervical, ovarian, uterine and vaginal/vulvar cancers that are managed by surgery and medical treatments including chemotherapy.
  2. Advanced minimally invasive surgical approaches such as robotic surgery – an area where the Surgical Review Corporation has recognized Hoag as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG). Their surgical skills are used to not only manage gynecologic cancer cases, but also benign cases such as advanced endometriosis and large fibroids of the uterus.
  3. Consultations for patients at high risk for gynecologic cancers, specifically patients who carry a genetic predisposition to them, such as carriers of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation.
  4. Consultations for high risk obstetric patients who due to issues with the placenta, such as placenta accreta, may require surgery at the time of delivery including a hysterectomy.

A gynecologic oncologist keeps a patient’s primary OB/GYN informed during the course of treatment and the outcome. After treatment is complete, the patient is then sent back to her primary OB/GYN for ongoing care.

At Hoag, we are proud to have a comprehensive approach to patient-care where our team of highly experienced, board-certified Gynecologists, Gynecologic Oncologists, Medical Oncologists and Radiation Oncologists can all work together to provide our patients with every diagnostic and therapeutic advantage.

Anne Kent, M.D., has been a practicing OBGYN in Newport Beach for over 20 years. She’s passionate about women's health care and keeps abreast of the latest technologic and medical advances in her field.