Treatments for uterine cancer

If you have uterine cancer, your healthcare team will create a treatment plan just for you. It will be based on your health and specific information about the cancer. When deciding which treatments to offer for uterine cancer, your healthcare team will consider:

  • the stage
  • the type of tumour
  • the grade
  • your age
  • your overall health
  • your personal preferences

Expert review and references

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Treatments for endometrial carcinoma

The following are treatment options for early stage, advanced stage and recurrent endometrial carcinoma.

Treatments for uterine sarcoma

The following are treatment options for early stage, advanced stage and recurrent uterine sarcoma.

Surgery for uterine cancer

Most women with uterine cancer will have surgery. The type of surgery depends mainly on the stage of the cancer and other factors.

Radiation therapy for uterine cancer

Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays or particles to destroy cancer cells. It is usually used to treat uterine cancer. Radiation therapy is sometimes combined with chemotherapy to treat some types of uterine cancer.

Hormonal therapy for uterine cancer

Some women with uterine cancer have hormonal therapy. It is a treatment that adds, blocks or removes hormones. Hormones are substances that control some body functions, including the activity and growth of cells. Drugs can be used to change hormone levels or block their effects.

Chemotherapy for uterine cancer

Chemotherapy uses anticancer, or cytotoxic, drugs to destroy cancer cells. It is sometimes used to treat uterine cancer.

Follow-up after treatment for uterine cancer

Follow-up after treatment is an important part of cancer care. Follow-up for uterine cancer is often shared among the cancer specialists (gynecologist, radiation oncologist, medical oncologist and surgeon) and your family doctor. They will work with you to decide on follow-up care to meet your needs.

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