Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer - Home Treatment
During medical treatment for any stage
endometrial cancer, you can use home treatment to help
manage the side effects that may accompany endometrial cancer or cancer
treatment. Home treatment may be all that is needed to manage the following
common problems. If your doctor has given you instructions or medicines to
treat these symptoms, be sure to follow them. In general, healthy habits such
as eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep and exercise can help
control your symptoms.
Home treatment includes the
nausea or vomiting, watch for and treat early signs of
dehydration, such as a dry mouth, sticky saliva, and
reduced urine output with dark yellow urine. Older adults can quickly become
dehydrated from vomiting. Your doctor also may prescribe
medicines to control nausea and vomiting. For more
information on how to deal with these side effects, see:
- Cancer: Controlling Nausea and Vomiting From Chemotherapy.
diarrhea, rest your stomach, get enough fluids, and be
signs of dehydration. Check with your doctor before
using any nonprescription medicines for your diarrhea.
includes ensuring that you drink enough fluids and include fruits, vegetables,
and fiber in your diet each day. Do not use a laxative without consulting your
Other issues that may arise include:
- Sleep problems. If you find you have trouble sleeping, some tips
managing sleep problems may be helpful, such as having
a regular bedtime, getting some exercise during the day, and avoiding caffeine
late in the day.
- Fatigue. If you feel as though you do not have any
energy and tire easily, try some
measures to manage fatigue, such as getting extra
rest, eating a balanced diet, and reducing your stress.
problems, which can be caused by both endometrial cancer and its treatment. It
may help to eliminate caffeine from your diet. Also, set up a
schedule of urinating every 3 to 4 hours during your waking hours, even if you don't feel you
need to go.
- Hair loss. Hair loss may be unavoidable. But using
mild shampoos and avoiding damaging hair products will reduce irritation of
Many women with endometrial cancer face emotional issues as
a result of their disease or its treatment.
- Finding out that you have cancer and having
treatment is stressful.
Managing stress may include expressing your feelings
to others. Learning relaxation techniques may also be helpful. Support groups and relaxation
techniques, such as meditation, may be
- Your feelings about your body and your sexuality may
change following treatment for cancer. It may help to talk openly about your
feelings with your partner and to discuss your concerns with your doctor. Your
doctor may be able to refer you to groups that can offer support and
Not all forms of cancer or cancer treatment cause pain. If
pain occurs, many options are available to relieve it. If your doctor has given
you instructions or medicines to treat pain, be sure to follow them.
Home treatment for pain such as a
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) or an
alternative therapy like
biofeedback may improve your physical and mental
well-being. Be sure to talk with your doctor about any home treatment you use for pain.