Uterine Cancer

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Uterine cancer is a tumor that develops in any of the 3 layers of your uterus. The inner layer is called the endometrium. This is the layer shed during a normal period. The myometrium is a layer of muscle in the middle. The outer layer is called the serosa.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or oncologist as directed:

You will need to see your oncologist for ongoing treatment or tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Self-care:

  • Eat extra protein and calories: Foods may taste different during cancer treatment. You may not feel like eating, and you may lose weight. Ask for more information about the best eating plan for you. Do the following to help your body get the protein and calories it needs:

    • Eat small meals every 2 to 3 hours.

    • If you have stomach discomfort during the night, eat your last meal 2 to 3 hours before you go to bed. Raise the head of your bed, or sleep with your head up on pillows.

    • Eat when you feel hungry. Vary your foods, and eat what you want to eat.

    • Ask about adding nutritional bars and drinks to your eating plan.

    • Drink most of your liquids between rather than with meals. Liquids can make you feel full faster and prevent you from eating enough calories.

  • Exercise: Ask your primary healthcare provider or oncologist about the best exercise plan for you. Exercise prevents muscle loss and can help you feel more like eating.

Ask for counseling and support:

Talk with your primary healthcare provider about how cancer has changed your life. Uterine cancer can affect how you feel about yourself and your relationships. Counseling may help you cope with the physical and emotional effects of cancer. You also may want to join a cancer support group with others who have had cancer. Palliative care is offered to cancer patients when a cure is no longer possible. Ask your primary healthcare provider about palliative care.

For more information:

  • National Cancer Institute
    6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 300
    Bethesda , MD 20892-8322
    Phone: 1- 800 - 422-6237
    Web Address: http://www.cancer.gov

Contact your primary healthcare provider or oncologist if:

  • You have pain or discomfort in your back, pelvis, hips, or abdomen.

  • You do not want to eat, or you have lost weight without trying.

  • Your abdomen or legs are swollen.

  • You feel a lump in your pelvic area.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have unusual vaginal bleeding, or you have blood in your urine.

  • Your bowel movements are bloody or black.

  • Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.

  • You suddenly feel lightheaded and short of breath.

  • You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough. You may cough up blood.

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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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