Endometrial Cancer

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Endometrial cancer starts in the lining of the uterus (endometrium).

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

RISKS:

Surgery may cause bleeding, an infection, or damage to nearby organs, such as your intestines. After a hysterectomy, you will not be able to get pregnant. Even after treatment, you may still have cancer, or it may come back. Endometrial cancer can spread outside of the uterus to organs, such as the liver. You may get a blood clot in your arm or leg. The clot may travel to your heart or brain and cause life-threatening problems, such as a heart attack or stroke.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

Informed consent

is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.

Medicines:

Antinausea medicine may be given to calm your stomach and prevent vomiting.

Tests:

  • Blood tests: A sample of your blood be sent to the lab for tests. These may used to check your blood count and to see if your treatment is working.

  • Chest x-ray: This is done to look at your lungs and see if the cancer has spread.

  • CT scan: This test is also called a CAT scan. An x-ray machine uses a computer to take pictures of your abdomen and pelvis. The pictures may show if the cancer has spread. You may be given a dye before the pictures are taken to help caregivers see the pictures better. Tell the caregiver if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast dye.

  • MRI: This scan uses powerful magnets and a computer to take pictures of your abdomen and pelvis. An MRI may show if the cancer has spread. You may be given dye to help the pictures show up better. Tell the caregiver if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast dye. Do not enter the MRI room with anything metal. Metal can cause serious injury. Tell the caregiver if you have any metal in or on your body.

Treatment:

  • Hysterectomy: This is surgery to remove your uterus. Your fallopian tubes and ovaries also may be removed. Caregivers may also remove some nearby lymph nodes.

  • Hormone therapy: These may be used to block estrogen or slow the growth of endometrial cancer.

  • Radiation therapy: This treatment uses x-rays or gamma rays to treat cancer. Radiation kills cancer cells and may stop the cancer from spreading.

  • Chemotherapy: This medicine is used to treat cancer by killing cancer cells. Chemotherapy may also be used to shrink lymph nodes that have cancer in them.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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