Prevention and Early Detection of Female Cancers

As a Reproductive Endocrinologist, Dr Howe does not treat cancer of any sort. Women with cancer deserve to receive their care from an oncology specialist. However, as a physician and gynecologist he strongly advocates cancer prevention and early detection of those cancers which do arise. Toward this end, he provides Pap smear testing, genetic testing and ovarian ultrasounds.

Pap Smear testing permits the early detection of cervical cancer. Most cervical cancers are caused by the human Papilloma Virus (hPV), which is also the cause of warts. The cervix is one of very few sites in which hPV causes not a wart, but rather can create a progression of cell changes leading to cancer. We strongly advocate hPV vaccines for men and women. Women who have received the hPV vaccine are much less likely to develop cervical dysplasia, and virtually never have genital warts, but should have Paps none the less.

In his gynecology patients, Dr Howe performs Pap smears in accordance with recent professional society recommendations. Because the majority of cases of cervical dysplasia (“pre-cancer”) occur in women who are within their first decade of sexual activity, he exceeds the published guidelines by offering Paps annually to women aged 20-30, then each third year as is routine.

We also perform early testing and detection for Ovarian and Breast Cancer.

Robert Howe, MD

281 Maple St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028

Tel: (413) 525-5160
Fax: (413) 525-5170

Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm

About Us

– Convenient Location
– Off-Street Parking
– Saturday Appointments
– Wheelchair Accesible
– On-Site Lab
– On-Site Ultrasound
– Medicare Accepted

Hyperion Selene-Touch
& Vaginal Phototherapy

We are pleased to announce that we now offer Hyperion Selene-Touch and Vaginal Phototherapy procedures. We are the only practice in Western Massachusetts to offer these services!

Since 1997 Dr Howe has affiliated with IVF New England, the premiere program for assisted reproduction and egg banking in our region. This assures you of extraordinary care and superior clinical results in your journey to parenthood. Read more…