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How does hormone therapy treat uterine cancer?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Since uterine cancer is caused by an excess of estrogen, hormone therapy can be used to reduce the level of estrogen in the body that is triggering the cancer. Progestin is a medication that contains the hormone progesterone, which balances estrogen levels. Progestin is used to treat advanced uterine cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes or other organs. Sometimes progestin is also used to treat early stages of uterine cancer in women who do not want to have a hysterectomy. However, progestin is not nearly as reliable in treating uterine cancer as a hysterectomy, so discuss with your doctor whether it is an appropriate substitute.

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