Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer - Treatment Overview
Endometrial cancer detected in its early stages can be cured with surgery and close
follow-up. Treatment choices depend on where the cancer is and how much it has
grown. Treatment may include one or more of the following:
After a diagnosis of
endometrial cancer is confirmed, your doctor may
recommend surgery to remove the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes (hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy).
All tissues removed in surgery will be examined to find out the
stage and grade of the cancer.
Lymph nodes near the uterus may be examined to find out if cancer has spread
outside of the uterus.6
endometrial cancer depends on the size of the cancer, the extent of the
cancer's growth, and how the cancer cells look under the microscope.
If you have recently been diagnosed with endometrial
cancer, you may experience a wide variety of emotions in reaction to your
diagnosis. There is no
"normal" or "right" way to react to a diagnosis of cancer. But if your emotions are interfering
with your ability to make decisions about your health and to move forward with
your life, it is important to talk with your doctor. Your cancer treatment
center may offer counseling services.
You may also contact your local chapter
of the American Cancer Society to help you find a support group. Talking with
other women who have had similar feelings after a diagnosis such as yours can
help you accept and deal with your disease.
What to think about during initial treatment
Most treatments for endometrial cancer cause side effects. Side effects
may differ, depending on the type of treatment used and your age and overall
health. Your doctor can talk to you about your treatment choices and the side
effects associated with each treatment.
Your quality of life becomes a critical issue when
you are considering your treatment options. Be sure to discuss your personal
preferences with your
oncologist when he or she recommends treatment.
treatment measures to help manage the side effects of treatment. For more
information, see the Home Treatment section of this topic. Your doctor also may
medicines to control nausea and vomiting.
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