Ovarian cancer – despite medical and surgical advancements – remains the leading cause of death from cancers affecting women's reproductive organs. At the same time, the number of deaths from endometrial cancer is rapidly increasing.
As part of DocTalks, a monthly virtual speaker series, Christopher Darus, M.D., MS,, medical director, Providence Gynecologic Oncology Program, shares the latest news in gynecologic cancers and explains how new treatments and research are creating hope for patients.
- What does the comprehensive care model for gynecologic cancer at Providence entail?
- Why are some gynecologic cancers becoming less common while others are increasing?
- What promising treatments for gynecologic cancers, including immunotherapy, are being researched at Providence Cancer Institute?
About Dr. Christopher Darus
Dr. Christopher Darus joined Providence Cancer Institute in October 2020 as medical director of Providence Gynecologic Oncology Program. He previously was director of gynecologic cancer research at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.
Dr. Darus graduated from Wright State University School of Medicine in 2000 and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2004. Following his residency, he completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Virginia Health System. This rigorous training prepared Dr. Darus to offer advanced surgical and medical treatment techniques to his patients.
Dr. Darus has an acute understanding of the impact of a gynecologic cancer diagnosis and treatment on his patients and their families. He emphasizes the importance of treating the whole patient while utilizing the skills and strengths of the multidisciplinary team of providers at Providence Cancer Institute. His clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, clinical trials and cancer genomics.
Dr. Darus is an avid cook and enjoys scuba diving and underwater photography. He lives in Portland with his wife and children.
Exceptional gynecologic cancer care
The Providence Gynecologic Oncology Program provides specialized care for women with suspected or known gynecologic malignancies and complex precancerous conditions. We offer care at two locations: Robert W. Franz Cancer Center at Providence Portland Medical Center and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.
Through the program, patients have access to advanced treatments, such as robotic surgery, immunotherapy, and the latest research and clinical trials. Patients also have the convenience of receiving all their care in a single location. Learn more.