Brinkmann Gynaecology

Gynaecological cancers – fast facts

The five gynaecological cancers start in the female reproductive system – ovarian, cervical, womb, vulva and vagina.


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Dr Brinkmann knows from his extensive experience of treating and talking to people with cancer that you are likely to be seeking two principal things at this time: the very best treatment possible; and to be regarded as a unique individual with your own distinct needs.

The cancer journey can seem a bewildering and winding road, with a succession of specialists, choices and decisions. Profusion of information, rather than being a help, is like an assault of facts without an authoritative figure to help you negotiate it. At this time, more than any other, you need someone whose skill and opinions you can trust and believe in. Also, the need to take an active role in your own treatment helps the mental step from being a passive victim to an active participant in your own treatment and care. Trained in a variety of international settings, Dr Brinkmann is well placed to offer both the medical skill and personal support you need as you travel this journey.

Starting your treatment journey

If you are concerned about potential symptoms of cancer, your foremost visit is to your GP who will refer you for an urgent outpatient appointment.  Request an appointment with Mr Brinkmann here.

Your first appointment with Dr Brinkmann will last about 40 minutes during which time he will take a patient history and examination, possibly also an ultrasound scan or biopsy. Depending on your condition you may need further blood tests or other imaging, or perhaps and in-patient diagnostic procedure. As soon as your diagnostic information is available, Dr Brinkmann will see you for a follow-up appointment to confirm your diagnosis and establish a decision to treat.

Dr Brinkmann believes in empowering each patient to find their own best way of managing their disease: there is not necessarily ‘one correct way’.

Information eases fear

After a confirmation of their diagnosis, many people simply cannot focus on information given to them during their consultation. Please click here for a guide to some of the questions you might like to ask Dr Brinkmann during your first appointment. Its aim is to encourage those who feel anxious by developing a sense of confidence, allowing a better understanding of your disease and helping you decide your own treatment plan.

Cancer surgery and other treatment

Your treatment plan may include surgery, and perhaps chemotherapy and radiotherapy, or a combination of all three. There are many different permutations depending on your unique situation, which will be discussed between you at your follow-up appointment.

Mr Brinkmann can recommend minimal access surgery (either laparoscopic or robotic) wherever possible to reduce patient discomfort, promote more rapid healing and minimise the effect of surgery on cancer patients.  He is a highly regarded minimal access surgeon with extensive experience of complex major surgery for gynaecological cancer.  As the clinical lead for gynaecology cancer in Portsmouth he led the implementation of robotic surgery for gynaecology at Queen Alexandra Hospital.  Private patients can benefit from robotic surgery at the Private Patient Unit there.  Whilst surgical expertise is paramount, so is an ability to relate to patients with compassion and respect. 

Where necessary Dr Brinkmann works in conjunction with well respected colleagues, and with them and the Cancer Partners UK facility all available at Spire Portsmouth Hospital your treatment can be as streamlined as possible. As a team, we are here to reassure you that your treatment will be excellent and beneficial to you.

Medical Guides

Experience also tells us that most people diagnosed with cancer know very little about their disease. If you would like more medical information about your diagnosis, please see Cancer Care.

Follow up regime

For the majority of patients, completing surgery brings mixed emotions from relief to a sense of uncertainty and vulnerability about the future. Some may worry by overly focusing on published statistics. Throughout this time, there is no substitute for the regular support and care provided by Dr Brinkmann and his team. Depending on your specific management you are likely to have a succession of three, six and then twelve month follow-up appointments, normally shared between Dr Brinkmann and your clinical oncologist. This gives you a regular opportunity to ensure your health remains on track as well as asking lingering questions, such as the familial or genetic aspect of women’s cancer and how it may affect your family.

Mental stress can be as hard to deal with as the illness itself and therefore the strong need for both information and reliable guidance is invaluable. Dr Brinkmann is able to offer this support and continuity throughout your five year follow up programme. His experience within this unique relationship has earned the trust and loyalty of many patients as they return to ‘normal life’.

Testimonials

A patient’s verdict on their experience with Dr Brinkmann has far more meaning than any words we might write.  Read the stories of satisfied Brinkmann Gynaecology patients.

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