Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer Overview

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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.

About treatment

After going over your test results, 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 mostly depends on the type of cancer and stage of the disease when it was found. Other factors that could play a part might include your age, your overall health, whether you plan to have children, and other personal matters. Be sure you understand all the risks and side effects of the different treatments before making a decision.

You may want to get a second opinion. This can give you more information and help you feel more certain about the treatment plan you choose. Some insurance companies even say you must get a second opinion before they will pay for some treatments, but most of the time a second opinion is not needed.

There are 4 basic types of treatment for women with endometrial cancer. Surgery is the main treatment for most women with endometrial cancer, but sometimes one or more of these treatments is combined.


Last Medical Review: 11/08/2013
Last Revised: 02/03/2014