Treating Uterine Sarcoma

Considering treatment options

After the diagnostic tests are done, your cancer care team will recommend one or more treatment options. Don't feel rushed about making a decision. If there's anything you don't 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's diagnosed. Other factors might play a part in choosing the best treatment plan. These could include your age, your overall health, whether you plan to have children, and your personal preferences. Be sure you understand all of the risks and side effects of different treatment options before making a decision.

From the start, keep in mind that you will be dealing with your own body and emotions. While you're deciding what kind of treatment to have, you'll find it helpful to discuss options with your family and friends, as well as with your primary care doctor and nurse. At every step of the way, before treatment, during treatment, and in recovery, you should talk with your cancer care team about side effects and ways to avoid them or make them easier to handle. They want to answer your questions, so ask them! See What Should You Ask Your Doctor About Uterine Sarcoma? for some examples of questions you may want to ask.

You might 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'll pay for certain treatments, but a second opinion usually isn't needed for routine cancer treatments.

These are the basic types of treatment for women with uterine sarcoma:

A combination of these treatments may be used. Which treatment, or treatments, used depends on the type and stage of your cancer as well as your overall health. Most women with uterine sarcoma have surgery to remove the cancer. Radiation, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy are sometimes used to help lower the risk of the cancer coming back after surgery. These treatments may also be used for cancers that cannot be removed with surgery or when a woman can't have surgery because she has other health problems.

For information on some of the most common treatments used, see Treatment Options for Uterine Sarcoma, by Stage.

Thinking about taking part in a clinical trial

Clinical trials are carefully controlled research studies that are done to get a closer look at promising new treatments or procedures. Clinical trials are one way to get state-of-the art cancer treatment. In some cases, they may be the only way to get newer treatments. They're also the best way for doctors to learn better ways to treat cancer. Still, they're not right for everyone.

If you would like to learn more about clinical trials that might be right for you, start by asking your doctor if your clinic or hospital conducts clinical trials. See Clinical Trials to learn more.

Considering complementary and alternative methods

You may hear about alternative or complementary methods that your doctor hasn’t mentioned to treat your cancer or relieve symptoms. These methods can include vitamins, herbs, and special diets, or other methods such as acupuncture or massage, to name a few.

Complementary methods refer to treatments that are used along with your regular medical care. Alternative treatments are used instead of a doctor’s medical treatment. Although some of these methods might be helpful in relieving symptoms or helping you feel better, many have not been proven to work. Some might even be dangerous.

Be sure to talk to your cancer care team about any method you are thinking about using. They can help you learn what's known (or not known) about the method, which can help you make an informed decision. See the Complementary and Alternative Medicine section of our website to learn more.

Help getting through cancer treatment

Your cancer care team will be your first source of information and support, but there are other resources for help when you need it. Hospital- or clinic-based support services are an important part of your care. These might include nursing or social work services, financial aid, nutritional advice, rehab, or spiritual help.

The American Cancer Society also has programs and services – including rides to treatment, lodging, and more – to help you get through treatment. Call our National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-227-2345 and speak with one of our trained specialists.

The treatment information given here is not official policy of the American Cancer 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.