Age, Race, Ethnicity, and Communication
An important area of communication problems centers on the differences in communication between doctors and older women versus doctors and younger women. Better patient-physician communication has been associated with patient choice about treatment, satisfaction with care, and the quality of cancer care, particularly for older and disadvantaged patients. A study examining health care disparities in older patients with breast cancer found that older...
transvaginal pelvic ultrasound. This uses sound waves
to create images of the uterus. The images can show how thick the endometrium
is. A thick endometrium can be a sign of cancer in
postmenopausal women. Ultrasound also can help show
whether cancer has grown into the uterine muscle.
hysteroscopy. This allows your doctor to view the
inside of the uterus and get an endometrial tissue sample.
Dilation and curettage (D&C). This test is done to
get a sample of tissue from the inside of the uterus. It may be
done at the same time as a hysteroscopy.
Testing for endometrial cancer may show that you have
endometrial hyperplasia. This is not cancer but may
develop into cancer. One type of hyperplasia, atypical adenomatous hyperplasia,
progresses to cancer in about 1 out of 3 women.2
Tests to see if the cancer has spread
If cancer is found, surgery is done to find out how much the cancer has grown (stage and grade) and to treat it at the same time.
Before surgery, an imaging test may be done to see if cancer has spread to the abdomen and pelvis. This helps with
planning for treatment. Imaging tests may include a CT scan or an MRI.