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Endometrial Cancer

Definition

Cancer that forms in the tissue lining the uterus (the small, hollow, pear-shaped organ in a woman’s pelvis in which a fetus develops). Most endometrial cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids).

Treatments*

The most common types of treatment for women with endometrial cancer are: surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy & immunotherapy.

Side Effects*

Surgery can cause menopause to begin. Radiation may cause fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and other digestion issues. Hormonal therapy can cause fluid retention & weight gain. Chemotherapy can cause hair loss, neuropathy & anemia.

Tips and Tricks

Cancer runs in my family and I inherited the Lynch Syndrome MSH6 cancer gene. This gene not only caused my endometrial/uterine cancer; but, puts me at a higher risk for ovarian, colon, and stomach cancer. Because my Doctors know of my increased health risk, I am screened every two years. This gives me some peace of mind. Pam-Survivor

The information contained in the Treatments and Side Effects sections are for informational purposes only. As with any cancer type, treatments and side effects can differ by patient. Please consult your oncologist for the specific treatments and side effects for your specific cancer.

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