Gynaecological cancer


Gynaecological cancers affect women’s reproductive organs and include ovarian cancer (one of the most common types of cancer in women), cervical cancer, cancer of the womb (endometrial cancer), vaginal cancer and vulva cancer.

We provide the best possible care for patients who are diagnosed with gynaecological cancer. We provide support, information, counselling and education to you and your relatives and carers throughout treatment.

A cancer diagnosis has a great impact on patients and carers, physically, emotionally, and psychologically. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of care for all our patients at every stage in their pathway.

More on what we do

We provide surgical and oncological support for women diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer. We also refer patients to specialist national centres for advice and treatment planning when necessary.

We also treat patients with suspected ovarian or cervical cancer from both North Devon District Hospital and Torbay Hospital.

These patients need to come to Exeter to have their surgery.  Once through the immediate post-operative period, they can then be transferred nearer their own homes.


Treatment options will be discussed with you by one of our team but could include:

  • radiotherapy
  • chemotherapy
  • surgery

Our team

Our dedicated team is made up of gynae oncology consultant surgeons, consultant oncologists, gynae oncology clinical nurse specialists, specialist radiographers for gynaecology, radiologists, consultant pathologists and women's health counsellors.

Consultant gynaecological oncology surgeons

  • Mr John Renninson
  • Mr Mike Hannemann
  • Miss Katherine Edey

Consultant oncologists

  • Dr Peter Bliss
  • Dr Kate Scatchard
  • Dr Jenny Forrest

Clinical nurse specialists

  • Gail Webb
  • Jacky Stewart

Where to find us

RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW

Centre for Women’s Health

Contact us

If you have any concerns or queries at any stage of your treatment, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your nurse specialist on 01392 406552. If they are not available, please leave a message and a contact number and they will get back to you.

Helpful websites

Supporting you

The Gynaeocological Oncology Support Group, for women who have received a diagnosis of a gynaecological cancer, meets monthly at the FORCE Cancer Centre. Come and join us for a coffee and an opportunity to meet with other women in a similar situation to you. The group aims to be informal, welcoming and supportive.

FORCE Cancer Charity works locally to support anyone affected by cancer and will work closely with the people involved in your treatment. Find out more about the support FORCE can offer at

Health and wellbeing clinics are also offered to patients with a diagnosis of cancer in order to help support patients through their pathway. Your nursing team will be able to provide you with more information on the structure and content of these sessions.


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