The cancer of the uterus or womb is termed uterine cancer. There are two types of Uterine Cancer:

Endometrial cancer

It develops in the endometrium which is the inner lining of the uterus. It is one of the most common gynecologic cancers affecting directly the reproductive system.

Uterine Sarcoma

This type of cancer develops in the myometrium which is the muscle wall of the uterus. Uterine Sarcomas are very rare.


  • Stage I cancer hasn’t spread beyond your uterus.
  • Stage II cancer has spread to your cervix.
  • Stage III cancer has spread to your vagina, ovaries, and/or lymph nodes.
  • Stage IV cancer has spread to your bladder or other organs far away from your uterus.


  • Physical exam
  • Pelvic exam
  • Lab tests - PAP Smear
  • Imaging tests – CT scans, MRI scans Transvaginal ultrasound
  • Endometrial biopsy – Checks and confirms cancer & its stage 
  • Hysteroscopy – Provides a detailed image of the uterus 
  • Dilation and Curettage (D&C) – Complex procedure to remove uterine tissue


The surgeon makes an incision (cut) in your abdomen to access and remove your uterus.

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The surgeon removes your uterus through your vagina.

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If cancer has spread to your cervix, you may need a radical hysterectomy. The surgeon removes your uterus and the tissues next to your uterus. The surgeon also removes the top part of your vagina, next to your cervix.

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The surgeon makes multiple small incisions (cuts) to remove your uterus. This may be done robotically.

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• Chemotherapy uses powerful drugs to destroy cancer cells. • Radiation therapy sends targeted radiation beams to destroy cancer cells. • Hormone therapy gives hormones or blocks them to treat cancer. • Immunotherapy helps your immune system fight cancer. • Targeted therapy uses medications to target specific cancer cells to stop them from multiplying.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When endometrial cancer spreads (metastasizes), it will most often affect the bladder, rectum, vagina, ovaries, or fallopian tubes. Signs may include frequent or painful urination, pain during intercourse, rectal pain or discharge, and persistent pelvic cramping. There may also be generalized symptoms like fatigue, loss of appetite, and unintended weight loss.

You may experience abnormal vaginal bleeding, ranging from a watery and blood-streaked flow to a flow that contains blood. Vaginal bleeding, during or after menopause is a sign of uterus cancer. 

Uterus cancer mainly affects post-menopausal women. 

Yes, Uterus cancer is curable. Surgery is the most common treatment, but radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, etc. can also prove to be beneficial for treating uterus cancer. 

Uterine cancer may also cause other symptoms, such as pain or pressure in your pelvis. If you have bleeding that is not normal for you, especially if you have already gone through menopause, consult the doctor right away.

Uterus cancer is detected through endometrial biopsy or a transvaginal ultrasound. 

The most successful treatment for early cancer is total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy in which the uterus, cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes are removed. 

  • Avoid added salt
  • Limit high-sodium processed and packaged foods
  • Check blood pressure regularly
  • Regular PAP Smear Checkup
  • Maintain normal weight 
  • Avoid or limit alcohol

  • Nuts and seeds, omega-3 fatty rich foods
  • Leafy vegetables
  • Fresh fruits
  • Lemons
  • Whole grains  

Yes, uterus cancer treatment and surgery are covered under most health insurance. Talk to our HospiOne Team for more details. 

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