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What are the treatment options for uterine cancer?

Dr. Sharyn N. Lewin, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

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.

In general, the treatment for uterine cancer is surgery. Some very early cases can try medication first.

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