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Treatments for Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer
The goal of treatment is to remove as much cancer as possible while sparing the ovaries. Doing so may preserve fertility in women who plan on having children. It may also keep cancer from spreading or coming back. The most common treatment is surgery, but other methods may be used. The treatment plan is based on the cancer specifics and a person's age, health, and outlook. Comfort measures are given to those with later stages of cancer.
Uterine cancer treatment includes:SurgeryRadiation therapyChemotherapyOther: hormonal therapyLifestyle changesManaging the side effects of cancer and cancer therapy
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Endometrial cancer. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/endometrial-cancer. Updated October 21, 2019. Accessed February 26, 2020.
Endometrial cancer. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/gynecology-and-obstetrics/gynecologic-tumors/endometrial-cancer. Updated February 2019. Accessed February 26, 2020.
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Treatment option overview. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: https://www.cancer.gov/types/uterine/patient/endometrial-treatment-pdq#section/%5F131. Updated June 12, 2019. Accessed February 26, 2020.
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Elliot M. Levine, MD, FACOG
- Review Date: 11/2019
- Update Date: 01/26/2021