What is Endometrial Cancer?
Endometrial cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the lining of the uterus. The lining is called the endometrium. Endometrial cancer is also called cancer of the uterus, or uterine cancer.
What are the treatments?
Surgery to remove the uterus and cervix, ovaries, and Fallopian tubes (hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy).
Surgery to remove lymph nodes.
Radiation therapy to kill cancer cells.
Progestin hormone therapy to block cancer growth.
Chemotherapy to kill cancer cells.
Hysterectomy is the usual treatment for endometrial cancer. Hysterectomy is the surgery to remove the uterus. Out of all treatments for endometrial cancer, surgery has the highest cure rate.
Along with the uterus and cervix, the surgeon also removes the Fallopian tubes, ovaries, and often the pelvic lymph nodes. If there are signs that more aggressive cancer still may be in the lymph system, more lymph nodes may be removed.
Hysterectomy with removal of the Fallopian tubes and ovaries (bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy)
Lymphadenectomy (removal of lymph nodes)