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Treatments for Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer

The main treatment for uterine cancer is surgery. The goal is to remove as much of the cancer as possible, while sparing the ovaries. The treatment plan will often have more than one step. It will be based on the specifics of the cancer, woman's age, general health, and prognosis. Comfort measures can be provided if the cancer is in advanced stages.

Uterine cancer can affect women during their childbearing years. Talk to your doctor before treatment if:

  • You are or think you may be pregnant. Treatment can affect the fetus, leading to birth defects. Pregnancy can change or delay planned treatment. Talk to your doctor about birth control options until treatment is completed.
  • You plan on having children. Some forms of treatment may affect your fertility. Some steps may be taken before treatment to allow for options after treatment.

The care team will be made up of a many specialists including doctors, surgeons, nurses, and pharmacists. It is important to work closely with your team and follow the treatment plan.

Uterine cancer treatment includes:

Clinical trials help to test new treatment options. You may wish to ask your doctor if you should consider being in a clinical trial. You can find out about clinical trials at the US National Institutes of Health website.

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Endometrial cancer. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/gynecology-and-obstetrics/gynecologic-tumors/endometrial-cancer. Updated March 2017. Accessed December 8, 2017.

Endometrial cancer. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Endometrial-Cancer. Updated June 2016. Accessed December 8, 2017.

Treating endometrial cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/endometrial-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/signs-and-symptoms.html. Updated February 29, 2016. Accessed December 8, 2017.

Treatment option overview. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: https://www.cancer.gov/types/uterine/patient/endometrial-treatment-pdq#section/_131. Updated October 13, 2017. Accessed December 8, 2017.

Last reviewed December 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP  Last Updated: 12/8/2017