How does hormone therapy treat uterine cancer?


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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Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer

Starting in the lining of a womans uterus, endometrial cancer is caused when your body has a hormonal imbalance.When you have too much of the hormone estrogen relative to the hormone progesterone, the lining of the uterus grows to...

o thick and allows tumors to grow. The hormonal imbalance may be caused by using estrogen to treat menopause or by having ovarian tumors that produce estrogen. Obesity also increases your risk; fat cells make extra estrogen that isnt balanced out with more progesterone. Hormonal birth control can reduce your risk of endometrial cancer, although keep in mind it has risks of its own. Studies show you can remain protected from this cancer for up to 10 years after you stop taking hormonal birth control. Call your doctor if you have vaginal bleeding or unexplained weight loss. When found early, endometrial cancer is very treatable. Aggressive treatments may include removal of parts of the female reproductive system, including the uterus and ovaries.

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