Uterine / endometrial cancer

Uterine or endometrial cancer starts when cells in the inner lining of the uterus begin to grow out of control. This is often detected at an early stage because it frequently produces abnormal vaginal bleeding, which should prompt women to see their doctors.

Vaginal bleeding after menopause occurs in the vast majority of cases and should be evaluated by a doctor. Other symptoms of uterine cancer include bleeding between periods, an abnormal, watery discharge and pelvic pain.

Treatment options

Treating your uterine or endometrial cancer depends on the characteristics and severity of your cancer. This includes the type of cancer, its stage, your health and your preference. Surgery is the main treatment, but other options include radiation therapy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy.

Biologic therapy
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This procedure uses your body's immune system to fight your cancer. This is done by either stimulating your immune system to attack cancer cells or by introducing agents it needs, like antibodies, to kill them.

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This well-known cancer treatment uses medicines taken intravenously or by mouth to kill cancer cells throughout the body. Chemotherapy may be given before surgery to shrink tumors, or after to fight cancer cells that have potentially spread.

Hormone blockers
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Because estrogen and testosterone help some tumors grow, hormone inhibitors can block them and prevent tumor growth.

Radiation oncology
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A team of medical professionals with advanced training deliver radiation treatment and care.

Uterine cancer surgery
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The most common treatment for uterine cancer is surgery to remove the cancerous uterus and cervix. This procedure is sometimes done laparoscopically, through a small incision near the navel. Your doctor will tell you if this is possible for you.

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