Treating Endometrial Cancer

Endometrial cancer is a type of cancer that is found in the lining of the uterus (womb). The fourth most common malignancy among women in the United States (after breast, lung and colon cancer) endometrial cancer was diagnosed in an estimated 47,000 new cases in 2012 with an estimated 8,000 deaths as a result of diagnosis in the same period.

Because endometrial cancer often causes abnormal vaginal bleeding between periods or after menopause, it is often found at an early stage. If it is caught early -- before it has spread outside the uterus -- there is a highly probability of successful treatment.

Endometrial cancer, if low grade, may be treated with medications to preserve a woman's ability to have children. If the woman does not want children, or if the severity of the cancer is not well known, it is often necessary to remove the uterus (a hysterectomy) or the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. Depending on the individual situation, a laparascopic hysterectomy can be done at the Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.

If the endometrial cancer is particularly aggressive and has spread to other parts of the body, radiation, hormone therapy or chemotherapy may be needed in addition to the surgery

The board-certified gynecologic surgeons at the Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery have extensive experience caring for women with more aggressive forms of endometrial cancer.