gynecology has a long history of being a difficult field to enter.
Many doctors and hospitals aren’t equipped to deal with the vast number of cases of cancer that have emerged from its care.
The fact that there’s so little training available means it’s hard for many women to get the care they need.
Now, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says gynecological care is a public health priority and that more than half of all cancer patients in the US have some kind of gynecologic diagnosis.
The CDC’s latest statistics also reveal that women in the age group of 45-54 account for nearly half of cancer deaths in the country, with many women suffering from chronic conditions.
However, many gynecographers say that it’s not enough to just get them diagnosed, they need to get treated too.
“It’s not about the cancer.
It’s about the diagnosis.
It should be a follow-up appointment,” says Dr. Amy Rainsford of New York City’s Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Rainsfords own gynecoscope has a special “surgical precision” and she’s been teaching it to her patients for more than 20 years.
In fact, she’s become known as “the doctor who does the surgeries.”
The technique was developed in the 1970s and was originally used for breast cancer patients.
Rainingford is one of many doctors who have taken advantage of this new technology.
“The surgical precision of the device, as well as the ability to make the diagnosis in the first minute or two, makes it a much better choice for cancer patients,” she says.
Rinaldo Barroso, an emergency room physician at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, also credits the surgical precision with saving his patients’ lives.
“If I could get an appointment to go to the operating room and make an appointment, I would,” Barroto says.
“But the operating rooms are too crowded.
The doctor has to come in.”
And if the doctor doesn’t want to do that, Barrotoo adds, he can make the patient wait in the lobby for an hour or two before seeing a gynecologically trained clinician.
“So, if we are able to get a patient to come and be in the operating wing, then we are providing care that is medically appropriate, but also clinically safe,” Barrosso says.
And while the technology is being used to treat cancer, the surgery remains one of the most important steps in treatment.
“Gynecological surgery is the surgery that the patient is treated for the most.
So if we can get that done safely, then the patient gets the care that they need,” says Rainsfaer.
For women who have already gone through chemotherapy, the need for gynecography remains the same.
“Women have a very different perspective on the procedure.
They are not looking for the procedure to be easy or quick.
They’re looking for it to be something that they want,” Rainsfort says.
If you or someone you know is having difficulty getting health care or treatment, check with your healthcare provider for more information.