A Gynecologic oncologist is an obstetrician/gynecologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of women with cancer of the reproductive organs.
Specifically, the gynecologic oncologist treats cancer of the ovary, endometrium, uterus, cervix, vagina, vulva and trophoblastic disease. In order to become a gynaecologic oncologist, a physician must first complete an approved, 4-year residency program in obstetrics and gynaecology. Following this, he/she must complete a clinical fellowship in gynaecologic oncology. The additional training during fellowship provides the skills needed for optimal care of women with a gynaecologic cancer.
Surgical skills that are provided during fellowship include: radical pelvic surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, and urologic surgery.