Gynecologic oncologists treat a variety of conditions, even noncancerous ones. To find out if you might need to see this specialist, we spoke with Christine Kim, MD, a board-certified and fellowship-trained gynecologic oncologist with LVPG Gynecologic Oncology, part of Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute. She provides care at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono, LVH–Cedar Crest and LVH–Muhlenberg.
Q: How does a gynecologic oncologist differ from a regular gynecologist?
Christine Kim: Gynecologic oncologists have completed additional fellowship training in managing and treating gynecologic cancers as well as complex gynecologic situations. Gynecologic oncologists are often seen for their expertise in surgical management of gynecologic cancers and difficult pelvic surgeries. We are able to give chemotherapy, enroll patients in clinical trials and perform surgical procedures. We also can take care of gynecologic conditions that aren’t cancerous, such as uterine fibroids, severe endometriosis, and complex ovarian cysts.