- How is endometrial cancer treated?
- Surgery for endometrial cancer
- Radiation therapy for endometrial cancer
- Chemotherapy for endometrial cancer
- Hormone therapy for endometrial cancer
- Clinical trials for endometrial cancer
- Complementary and alternative therapies for endometrial cancer
- Treatment options for endometrial cancer by stage
- More treatment information about endometrial cancer
How is endometrial cancer treated?
General treatment information
After all of the test results have been reviewed, your doctor will recommend one or more treatment options. Don't feel rushed about making a decision. If there is anything you do not understand, ask to have it explained again. The choice of treatment depends largely on the type of cancer and stage of the disease when it is found. Other factors could play a part in choosing the best treatment plan. These might include your age, your overall state of health, whether you plan to have children, and other personal considerations. Be sure you understand all the risks and side effects of the different treatment options before making a decision.
You may want to get a second opinion. This can provide more information and help you feel confident about the treatment plan you choose. Some insurance companies require a second opinion before they will pay for certain treatments, but a second opinion is usually not required for routine cancer treatments.
The four basic types of treatment for women with endometrial cancer are surgery, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy, and chemotherapy. Surgery is the main treatment for most women with this cancer. But in certain situations, a combination of these treatments may be used. The choice of treatment(s) will depend on the type and stage of your cancer and your overall medical condition as well as your desire to be able to have children in the future.
The next few sections describe the different types of treatment. This is followed by a section on the standard treatment options for each stage of the disease.
Last Medical Review: 07/25/2012
Last Revised: 01/17/2013