A diagnosis of endometrial cancer, or abnormal or uncontrollable cells within the uterus, is usually followed by the choice of treatment. To date, there are 4 main types of treatment for this form of cancer, and the decision of which option to pursue is determined by a large list of factors. When you choose a course of action, this is a highly individual selection and should arise from discussions with your doctor. Don't feel rushed--do your research, ask all the questions you need to and make the choice that's right for you and your family.
Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Discover all Treatment Options for Endometrial Cancer
Things You'll Need
- Internet connection
Discuss all the treatment methods with your doctor. Four main options should be considered: surgery, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy and chemotherapy.
Understand that while surgery is the most common treatment, it is your right to discuss all alternatives.
Educate yourself on the side effects of each treatment method. Surgery may have more risks associated with it, but less side effects than chemotherapy.
Ask for all available resources and current literature. Studies are conducted frequently, and there's always new data to access.
Choose Your Treatment
Think about what treatment would be right for you. Factors to consider include your age, state of well being, future reproductive plans and other personal issues.
Know exactly what type of cancer you have and the current stage it is in. This will also greatly affect your treatment selection.
Consider combining more than 1 treatment. This tactic can be employed in certain situations.
Take excellent care of yourself during and after treatment. Diet, exercise and rest are more important than ever if you're battling endometrial cancer.
Utilize the American Cancer Society's NexProfiler Treatment Option Tool for Uterine Cancer to further explore your options (see Resources below). This interactive tool lets you input your exact situation and will lead you through the different treatments and their side effects so you can make an informed choice.