Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is one of the most frightening moments of many patients' lives. Knowing where to turn for support and to obtain a full explanation of your treatment options at that time is critical. This is why the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Cancer Care Program offers access to treatment, support and choice in care, including access to one of the country's rarest specialties — gynecologic oncology.
There are fewer than 1,000 board-certified gynecologic oncologists nationwide, and two of them are PAMF doctors. Dwight Chen, M.D., and Albert L. Pisani, M.D., treat women with known or suspected gynecological cancers. These are cancers of the female reproductive tract and include ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer.
Drs. Chen and Pisani are particularly good at complicated cases, such as treating a younger woman for cervical cancer while maintaining her fertility. Like PAMF's programs in brain, breast, prostate, colorectal and lung cancers, our gynecologic oncology program offers access to the latest treatment advances and research trials. This supportive network of care includes services such as physical therapy and financial, nutritional, genetic and emotional counseling.
"It is not unusual for patients referred to me to hear ‘oncologist' and just shut down with fear," says Dr. Chen. "That is why I think establishing rapport with my patients is so important. Because many times fear comes from the unknown, my approach is to educate them about their cancer and their treatment choices."
Gynecologic Oncology (Los Gatos)
360 Dardanelli Lane
Los Gatos, California 95032
Main phone: 408-523-3900
El Camino Hospital
2490 Hospital Drive
Mountain View, California 94040
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