Every year in Israel, approximately 900 women are diagnosed with malignant gynecological tumors. The Department of Surgical and Oncological Gynecology at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center treats about 110 of them. Of these, dozens come for treatment following ovarian or uterine cancer diagnosis. 

The department conducts a wide range of surgical operations: simple and radical hysterectomies, intra-uterine operations such as tumor and polyp removal and operations to treat urine leakage. The selected operative approach – opening the abdomen, micro-invasive operations (laparoscopies) or operations performed through the vagina – is adapted to each individual patient in keeping with her medical situation. This ensures – as far as possible – the effectiveness of the operation and the safety of the patient.

The department deals mainly with radical surgery combining radiation and chemotherapy, although there are many patients in their 20s and 30s who want to have children so fertility preservation is a central factor in their treatment. The accepted approach is to treat the growth in as focused a way as possible without affecting the woman’s fertility. Apart from extracting and freezing ova (in the IVF department) and freezing embryos and parts of the ovaries, every operation attempts to ensure the woman’s uterus is not damaged so she can become pregnant at a later stage. The department has had proven success in this field and is one of the few in Israel to perform radical cervical removal (in cases of cervical cancer) while preserving the uterus itself.