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What is cancer of the uterus--the muscle or lining?

What is cancer of the uterus--the muscle or lining?

Mostly the lining: Vast majority of the cancers of uterus arise from the lining of the uterus, be that cervix or the body of the uterus. Benign tumors of the muscle, leiomyomas/fibroids, are common, but cancer of the muscle, leiomyosarcoma is uncommon. ...Read 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


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What does cancer in the uterus feel like?

What does cancer in the uterus feel like?

Swelling or bleeding: It can have many symptoms - bleeding after menopause, abdominal swelling, or a feeling of heaviness are the most common. If you are suspicious, you should see your doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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Can cancer of the uterus be cured?

Can cancer of the uterus be cured?

Yes: If detected early a hysterectomy will remove the cancer and cure the patient. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about cancer of the uterus?

Should I be concerned about cancer of the uterus?

If you're at risk: You should be concerned if you have significant risk for uterine cancer that will include- excessive unopposed estogen therapy, on tamoxifen or other estrogen replacement, obesity, never pregnant, history of breast cancer, familial cancer such as breast/ovarian sydnrome, familial colon cancer etc. Recommend to have annual papsmear, regular f/u and further discussion with your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Should women be concerned about cancer of the uterus?

Should women be concerned about cancer of the uterus?

Endometrial cancer: A woman with any of the following risk factors should be concerned about endometrial cancer: obesity, type ii diabetes, oral estrogen without progesterone, family history. ...Read more

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My mother had cancer of the uterus Does this affect her daughter. Is uterine infections and lead to cancer?

My mother had cancer of the uterus Does this affect her daughter. Is uterine infections and lead to cancer?

No: This has no real familial tendency. Cancer of the uterine cervix is usually caused by HPV, a subtle infection, and can be prevented by early detection of the premalignant state by pap smears. Cancer of the endometrium is unrelated to any known infection. Some other rare cancers are seldom familial. Thanks for asking. Best wishes to all of you. ...Read more

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Does taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment cause cancer of the uterus ?

Does taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment cause cancer of the uterus ?

Yes: Tamoxifen has been shown to increase the risk of uterine cancer, not unlike estrogen replacement therapy, with an incidence of ~1:500. However, this is almost-always caught at its earliest stage, with very high cure rates. If you compare the benefit of tamoxifen for either treating or preventing breast cancer compared to this risk, the benefit far outweighs the risk. ...Read more

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Does having cancer of the uterus or cervix cause burning in vagina and low back pain? Thank you....

Does having cancer of the uterus or cervix cause burning in vagina and low back pain?
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Yes , late stages: Stop worrying , go and visit your gyn doctor and get a pap smear done, remember early detection is the answer for cure, early curable stages will have stages no symptoms at all. ...Read more

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Can taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment induce cancer of the uterus ?

Can taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment induce cancer of the uterus ?

Maybe: There is a slight increased risk of endometrial cancer of 1 in 500 chance reported. The benefits of tamoxifen in treatment of breast cancer is much higher than the risk of endometrial cancer. Ask your oncologist and ob-gyn how best to follow or watch for this potential risk. ...Read more

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Does taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment induce development of cancer of the uterus?

Yes: The chance is about 1% and treatment is hysterectomy. With such a low chance then tamoxifen is worth the risk. A gynecologist needs to keep track of the patient and any unusual bleeding evaluated. There are also other hormone alternatives with less risk. Check with your medical oncologist to see which drug is best for a particular patient. ...Read more

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Has my cancer spread beyond the uterus?

Staging: Your doctor needs to do a "staging work-up" of your cancer. It is during this evaluation that typically includes physical examination and imaging studies that he/she will determine if your cancer has spread beyond the uterus. ...Read more

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How do you treat uterus cancer?

How do you treat uterus cancer?

Usually hysterectomy: The standard of practice is hysterectomy, but if reproduction is desired sometimes it can be treated hormonally. This can be through injection, pills or an IUD which all deliver a progesterone related hormone type. You can't get pregnant while on treatment, but maybe after. Otherwise, it is surgery and possible radiation +/- chemo less often, depending on surgical findings and "stage". ...Read more

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Whats is the exact cause of uterus cancer?

Whats is the exact cause of uterus cancer?

Increase in hormones: As a woman ages, her risk of uterine cancer increases. The lining of the uterine wall is stimulated to grow by female hormones. Being overweigh does increase one's risk of uterine cancer indirectly by increasing female hormone levels, particularly after menopause. ...Read more

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Can fluid behind the uterus be a sign of cancer?

Can fluid behind the uterus be a sign of cancer?

Fluid: While cancer can cause fluid to accumulate in the pelvis (ascites), there are many other causes. Some free fluid can be present and be normal. Ovulation can cause free fluid in the pelvis. Cyst rupture can do the same. Bleeding also presents this way. Even liver disease can cause ascites. ...Read more

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I was told I have level 3 uterus cancer, what does that mean?

I was told I have level 3 uterus cancer, what does that mean?

On a 1 to 4 scale: Doctors like to say how far advanced a cancer is on a scale of 1 to 4. The specifics of each cancer can vary somewhat, but a stage 1 cancer is small and hasn't spread much, and usually does not require much treatment. A stage 3 is bigger, may have spread around where it originally started, but hasn't spread throughout the body. It usually needs surgery combined with other treatments like chemo. ...Read more

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What cause a problem having thick uterus lining other than cancer with spoting after menopouse ?

What cause a problem having thick uterus lining other than cancer with spoting after menopouse ?

Endometrial: Overgrowth (hyperplasia) is a common cause of postmenopausal uterine endometrial thickening. It is benign but in some cases can lead to uterine cancer. Endometrial biopsy is at times needed to discriminate this from endometrial cancer. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about cancer at this point? My Dr. say the uterus lining is too thick. Is this true?

Endometrial growth: Your Doctor is concerned about the length of the endometrium if it is excessive. Endometrial hyperplasia can lead to endometrial cancer especially if you are overweight ,skipping periods, and manufacturing extra estrogen. ...Read more

Uterus (Definition)

The uterus is a muscular organ in a woman's pelvis where the the fertilized egg attaches ...Read more