The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

What we do

The surgical gynaecological oncology team offers a comprehensive package of cancer care for women referred from hospitals across Yorkshire including Leeds, Airedale, Harrogate, Bradford, York, Calderdale, Dewsbury, Wakefield and Pontefract.

We specialise in treating cancers of the ovary, fallopian tubes, uterus (womb), cervix, vagina and vulva. Treatment for a gynaecological cancer can include surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy, and often involves a combination of these. We also have links with the Palliative Care Team who may provide help and advice for women at any stage of their treatment. We aim to provide high quality, patient focussed and modern cancer care, in as timely a fashion as possible.

Our surgeons are all highly trained with wide expertise in gynaecological oncology and are able to offer the full range of common and highly specialist surgeries. Our specialist surgery includes removal of the neck of the womb (radical abdominal trachelectomy) for invasive cervical cancer, keyhole (laparoscopic) cancer surgery, and extensive radical techniques for advanced and recurrent cancer. We also carry out prophylactic (preventative) surgery for women with strong family history of gynaecological cancer and/or gene mutation (such as BRCA2).

Multi-Disciplinary Team Meeting

If you have a suspected or confirmed cancer, we will discuss your condition at one of our weekly Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) meetings, held every Wednesday morning. These meetings are attended by Surgeons, Radiologists, Pathologists, Medical & Clinical Oncologists and Clinical Nurse Specialists. With all these specialists in one place, they can discuss different treatment options and are able to reach a joint decision about your individual treatment plan. Relevant scans or investigations are either sent from your referring hospital or organised at the centre and discussed at this meeting.

Clinical Trials and Research

We are committed to improving treatments for gynaecological cancers, as well as trying to prevent them. We participate in numerous research studies (clinical trials) which can often be national or international studies.

These studies allow us to see whether certain interventions or treatments work better than current treatments and whether they have any side effects. Your consultant or a member of the research team may discuss studies that are applicable and may be of interest to you.

All clinical trials, have specific conditions that need to be met to allow you to take part in a particular study. Sometimes it may not be possible for you to take part.

Taking part in clinical trials is entirely voluntary, please do not feel there is any pressure to take part.

Enhanced Recovery after Surgery

Traditionally if you had been coming to us for major gynaecological surgery, you would have stayed in hospital for 5-7 days. Research has shown that by using a better clinical management method called the “Enhanced Recovery Programme” both before and after surgery, you can be safely discharged home in 3-4 days. The aim of the programme is to help you recover quickly and safely from your operation. We need you to play an active part in your recovery if the programme is to succeed for you. You will be provided with an information booklet which will explain what will happen to you and what you can do to help.  You can view an on-line flip book about the Enhanced Recovery Programme by following this link.  If you prefer to download the same information, follow this link (676 KB).