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Dr. John Geisler
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Endometrial Cancer (Overview)

The endometrium is the lining of the inside of the uterus. Endometrial Cancer is cancer that starts in the cells of the endometrium and begins to spread to surrounding tissues. Best wishes!


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Do we know what causes endometrial cancer?

Do we know what causes endometrial cancer?

Many factors: The risk of endometrial cancer is increased by obesity, diabetes, and persistently high estrogen levels, such as may occur with a condition like polycystic ovaries. Genetics also plays a role, especially with lynch syndrome which increases colon, endometrial, and ovarian cancers. Use of oral contraceptives or the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud can decrease the risk of endometrial cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. John Geisler
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Endometrial Cancer (Overview)

The endometrium is the lining of the inside of the uterus. Endometrial Cancer is cancer that starts in the cells of the endometrium and begins to spread to surrounding tissues. Best wishes!


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How fast does endometrial cancer typically grow (in terms of years)?

How fast does endometrial cancer typically grow (in terms of years)?

Varies: Endometrial cancer is usually a slower growing tumor, but once detected, it should be treated promptly for best outcome. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Jacobs Dr. Jacobs
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Endometrial cancer (Tip)

Do get yearly mammograms after age 40. A family history of breast cancer may require earlier start. ...See more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
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Apply sunscreen
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Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
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See dermatologist for check ups
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Help, what symptom to look for if diagnosed with endometrial cancer?

Help, what symptom to look for if diagnosed with endometrial cancer?

Bleeding: 50% patients have abnormal bleeding or spotting, some patients present with pelvic pain. If you suspect it then you need to see your gynecologist for a full exam. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of endometrial cancer?

What are the symptoms of endometrial cancer?

Irregular bleeding: Vaginal bleeding after menopause prolonged periods or bleeding between periods an abnormal, watery or blood-tinged discharge from your vagina pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, anemia, weakness. In late stages, weight loss and cachexia. ...Read more

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Endometrial cancer (Tip)

Gardasil vaccine (when given to sexually naive women) decreases risk of cervical cancer by 95%. ...See more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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How fast can I make my endometrial cancer go away, if the tests turn out to be cancer?

How fast can I make my endometrial cancer go away, if the tests turn out to be cancer?

Surgery: The first line treatment for endometrial cancer is hysterectomy. In young women who want to preserve fertility, Progesterone therapy can be effective but may take 12 to 16 months or longer - and requires repeat endometrial sampling every 3 to 6 months to test for response to the treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Jacobs Dr. Jacobs
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Endometrial cancer (Tip)

A strong family history of breast cancer should prompt consultation with a genetic counselor. ...See more

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When you have endometrial cancer how often do you experience bleeding?

Common symptom: Abnormal bleeding is the most common symptom associated with endometrial cancer. A biopsy in your gynecologists office can easily answer if there is something worrisome about the lining of the uterus. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have endometrial cancer and how is it linked to obesity?

What does it mean to have endometrial cancer and how is it linked to obesity?

Yes: Endometrial cancer is an estrogen sensitive cancer and grows faster when estrogen is present within the body. When one is overweight, the extra fat cells produce extra estrogen, resulting in an increase in stimulation of endometrial cancer if present. ...Read more

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Endometrial cancer (Tip)

One thing to remember as a woman, heart disease kills more than breast and cervical cancer combined. ...See more

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How is endometrial cancer treated?

How is endometrial cancer treated?

Surgery first: Endometrial cancer is first treated with surgery. This surgery will give results that will help determine the final stage of your cancer. Based on this and other information from your pathology report radiation and or chemotherapy may be recommended following surgery. ...Read more

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Endometrial cancer (Tip)

There are some new treatments for very heavy periods! ask about endometrial ablation & Mirena (levonorgestrel) iuds. ...See more

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Will I be able to have children after my treatment for endometrial cancer?

Will I be able to have children after my treatment for endometrial cancer?

No: The standard surgery for endometrial cancer will remove both ovaries and your uterus and therefore you will not be able to have children after your surgery. ...Read more

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Can endometrial cancer be cured?

Can endometrial cancer be cured?

Sometimes: If endometrial cancer is diagnosed in its early stages, it can be cured with a hysterectomy. Sometimes radiation or chemotherapy will be added after a hysterectomy. If at the time of hysterectomy there is no disease outside of the uterus, long term cure is possible. If there is disease outside of the uterus at the time of diagnosis, long term cure is rare. ...Read more

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Dr. Abraham Morse Dr. Morse
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Endometrial cancer (Tip)

Effective treatment for uterine or vaginal prolapse does not have to mean surgery. See a specialist. ...See more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Robert Marcus
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Uterine Cancer (Definition)

Also known as cancer of the uterus, this is when cancer grows in the female organ in which the implantation of an embryo and carrying of a fetus take place. Cancer usually develops in the cells that form the uterine--a portion of which are shed ...Read more