What Are the Treatments for Endometrial Cancer?

Q:
What are the treatments for endometrial cancer?

A:
Endometrial cancer is a type of cancer in the uterus. Once you have been diagnosed, your doctor works to determine the stage of your cancer and help you make the best options for treatment.

The following are the common treatments for endometrial cancer.

Surgery (recommended for most cases)

  • hysterectomy: a procedure to remove the uterus; but you’re not likely to have children in the future
  • salpingo-oophorectomy: a procedure remove the fallopian tubes and ovaries.

Radiation

using powerful energy beams, such as X-rays and protons, to kill cancer cells, involving:

  • Radiation from a machine outside your body.
  • Radiation placed inside your body.

Hormone therapy

taking medications that affect hormone levels in the body. It is an option when endometrial cancer that has spread beyond the uterus.

Chemotherapy

using chemicals to kill cancer cells. One chemotherapy drug, or two or more drugs can be used in combination. It is recommended when the advanced or recurrent endometrial cancer has spread beyond the uterus.

Supportive (palliative) care

providing relief from pain and other symptoms of a serious illness. Palliative care is useful while undergoing other aggressive treatments, such as surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Your options for treating your endometrial cancer will depend on the characteristics of your cancer, such as the stage, your general health and your preferences.

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