Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer

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Treating Endometrial Cancer TOPICS

How is endometrial cancer treated?

This information represents the views of the doctors and nurses serving on the American Cancer Society's Cancer Information Database Editorial Board. These views are based on their interpretation of studies published in medical journals, as well as their own professional experience.
The treatment information in this document is not official policy of the Society and is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your cancer care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.
Your doctor may have reasons for suggesting a treatment plan different from these general treatment options. Don't hesitate to ask him or her questions about your treatment options.

General treatment information

After all of the test results have been reviewed, your doctor will recommend one or more treatment options. The four basic types of treatment for women with endometrial cancer are:

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 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.

It is important to discuss all of your treatment options with your doctors to help make the decision that best fits your needs. (See the section “What should you ask your doctor about endometrial cancer?”) Be sure you understand all the risks and side effects of the different treatment options before making a decision. If there is anything you do not understand, ask to have it explained again.

When considering your treatment options it is often a good idea to seek a second opinion, if possible. 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 next few sections describe the different types of treatment. This is followed by a section on the standard treatment options for each stage of endometrial cancer.


Last Medical Review: 11/04/2013
Last Revised: 02/03/2014