Tumors of the female genitalia can affect the ovaries (ovarian carcinoma), the body of the uterus or its mucous membrane (endometrial carcinoma), the cervix (cervical carcinoma), the vagina (vaginal carcinoma) and the external genitals (vulva carcinoma).
In principle, surgical and non-surgical procedures are also available here. The choice of therapy must take into account which therapy modality can be used to achieve a safe and good oncological result without an increased probability of side effects with the best possible quality of life and preservation of organs and functions. This decision therefore belongs in the hands of a specialist team made up of gynaecologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and, if necessary, internal oncologists. We will discuss and explain the interdisciplinary therapy recommendations from the so-called tumor boards with you at your appointment in our practice. A therapy that is as less stressful as possible through the use of the latest technology and taking into account your special life situation (if necessary, existing desire to have children), the desire to maintain organ function (ovaries, vulva, vagina) is particularly important to us.
Prof. Marnitz-Schulze is a member of German and European guideline groups and can advise you very individually according to your sub-specialty. Write down your questions about your appointment with us in the practice.
Which documents would you ideally bring with you to our joint discussion?
- the doctor’s letter from the institution/clinic treating you
- the surgical report
- the histological findings (histology)
- the decision of the tumor board
- if available, MRI findings, the CT findings of the lungs (thorax) and of the abdomen, pelvis (abdomen, pelvis), the
- Whole-body skeletal scintigraphy or PET-CT
- the address of your gynaecologist and general practitioner
- your medication list
- Your chemotherapy plan (if receiving chemotherapy)
- Immunotherapy plan (if receiving immunotherapies)
- If you have a pacemaker, please bring your pacemaker passport with you.
What can you do to support the success of the therapy as much as possible?
- Please bring a shower or sauna towel with you to every radiation session.
- Ensure a regular life with sufficient breaks for relaxation and recreation.
- Do sport and strengthen your immune system and prevent fatigue symptoms.
- Move regularly in the fresh desire.
- During radiation therapy, avoid hot full baths, sauna, solarium, direct sunlight in the area of the irradiated region.
- Eat a varied and high-protein diet. Avoid alcohol and nicotine and discontinue all vitamin supplements during radiation therapy.
- Avoid eating foods that are high in fiber (e.g. onions, peppers, legumes, etc.), foods that are fried or grilled, and foods that are very acidic (citrus fruits, kiwis).
- Check your weight once a week and record it, please.
- Accompanying side effects such as frequent urge to urinate, burning, possibly inflammation of the bladder can be effectively prevented with cranberry juice (1 small glass 3 times a day).
- It can make sense to support the intestinal flora with so-called probiotics, we will advise you on this.
- If you experience severe flatulence, diarrhoea and other symptoms you are not aware of, please contact us.
- Shower with water and skin-friendly syndets, soaps or shower gels. Do not apply any alcoholic substances (perfume, perfumed lotions, or alcohol-based deodorants) to the skin.
- Avoid using powder or alcohol and oil in the irradiation area.
- If necessary, use a skin-friendly product for the body. We would be happy to advise you on this.
- Avoid using powder in the irradiation area.