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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Uterine cancer is a tumor that develops in any of the 3 layers of your uterus. The endometrium is the inner layer and is the layer shed during a normal period. Endometrial carcinoma is the more common type of uterine cancer. Uterine sarcomas are cancers that start in the muscle or connective tissue of the uterus.
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- Blood tests are used to check your blood count and to see if your treatment is working.
- Endometrial biopsy is used to collect a sample of cells from the inside of your uterus to be tested for cancer.
- A CT or MRI may show the location and size of the tumor, and if the cancer has spread. You may be given contrast liquid to help the tumor show up better. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid. Do not enter the MRI room with anything metal. Metal can cause serious injury. Tell the healthcare provider if you have any metal in or on your body.
Treatment may decrease your symptoms or stop the cancer from spreading. Your treatment may change if your cervical cancer grows or spreads:
- Hysterectomy is surgery to remove your uterus. Your fallopian tubes, ovaries, and nearby lymph nodes may also be removed.
- Hormone medicine may be used if the cancer is sensitive to hormones.
- Radiation therapy is used to kill cancer cells with high-energy x-ray beams.
- Chemotherapy medicines are used to kill cancer cells.
- Ablation is a procedure to destroy the endometrium. You may need ablation if you have heavy or abnormal vaginal bleeding.
Uterine cancer can spread outside of the uterus to other body areas, such as the lungs. You may get a blood clot in your limb. This may become life-threatening.
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