What are the treatment options for uterine cancer?

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Lynn D. Kowalski, MD
Gynecologic Oncology
In general, the treatment for uterine cancer is surgery, says Lynn Kowalski, MD, gynecologic oncologist at MountainView Hospital. In this video, she explains that some very early cases can try medication first.
Sharyn N. Lewin, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Once the diagnosis of uterine cancer is made by your doctor, you may be referred to a Gynecologic Oncologist who is a specialist in treating gynecologic cancers. Your treatment plan will be developed depending upon the extent of your cancer:
  • Surgery: Removal of uterus, ovaries, tubes, and very likely cervix, surrounding tissues, upper vagina and lymph nodes. These can be done using mini, abdominal or vaginal incisions as well as employing a robotic technique.
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Clinical Trials

If you have uterine cancer, your doctor will recommend a hysterectomy, or surgical removal of the uterus. Sometimes the fallopian tubes and ovaries are removed as well during this operation. At the early stages of uterine cancer, you may not need further treatment after surgery. However, if uterine cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, your doctor will recommend either chemotherapy or radiation to kill cancer cells in other parts of the body.

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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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