Uterine cancer is the rapid growth of abnormal cells that line the uterus. It also is called endometrial cancer. These cells may spread to nearby organs, lymph glands, or distant organs. Uterine cancer can be cured most often when found early.
Treatment may include surgery to remove the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and sometimes the pelvic lymph nodes. Radiation and hormones to stop cancer growth also are sometimes used. Chemotherapy may be used if the cancer has spread.
Having cancer can be scary. You may feel many emotions and may need some help coping. Seek out family, friends, and counsellors for support. You can do things at home to make yourself feel better while you go through treatment. You also can call the Canadian Cancer Society (1-888-939-3333) or visit its website at www.cancer.ca for more information.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine
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