Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer - Treatment Overview
Sexual problems and body changes continued...
Having cancer treatments such as radiation therapy or a hysterectomy may affect your ability to have or enjoy sex. If you do have sexual problems, talk with your doctor about treatment, information, or a group for support.
have not yet reached
menopause, your menstrual period will end immediately
after most treatments for endometrial cancer. If your uterus and ovaries have
been removed or have had radiation therapy, your body will have a decrease in
estrogen. This may cause:
- Menopausal symptoms, such as
hot flashes, changes in mood, vaginal dryness, and atrophy (shrinking) of pelvic tissues. Talk with your doctor about how to manage your
symptoms if they bother you. To learn more, see the topic
Menopause and Perimenopause.
- An increased risk of heart disease and changes in your bones, such as osteoporosis.
Cancer treatment has two main goals: curing cancer and
making your quality of life as good as possible. Palliative care can improve your quality of life by helping you to manage your symptoms. It can also help you with other concerns that you may have when you are living with a serious illness.
For some people who have
advanced-stage cancer, a time comes when treatment to cure cancer no longer
seems like a good choice. This can be because the side effects, time, and costs
of treatment are greater than the promise of cure or relief.
But this isn't the
end of treatment.
It can be hard to decide when to stop treatment aimed
at prolonging your life and shift the focus to end-of-life care. You and your doctor can decide when you may be ready for hospice care.