Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Treatment
Personalized treatment options for uterine (endometrial) cancer are tailored to your diagnosis.
At Henry Ford, we use advanced technology and the best approaches to manage your uterine (endometrial) cancer diagnosis. Our team will develop a personalized treatment plan based on the stage of cancer, the size of the tumor, your age and general health, and your desire to have children.
Advanced treatment options
Our multidisciplinary uterine cancer tumor board meets weekly to discuss your case and develop a treatment plan.
Your treatment may include one or more of these options:
- Radiation therapy
- Hormone therapy
- Fertility preservation
- Clinical trials
If you are pregnant or want to become pregnant later, we will work with you and the tumor board in a supportive environment to determine your best options. We encourage all women in their reproductive years to speak with one of our fertility experts. Consultations can be made within 24 hours.
Types of uterine (endometrial) cancer treatment
We offer innovative techniques and treatment options for uterine cancer, including fertility preservation, tailored to your diagnosis.
Advanced minimally invasive surgery
Surgical removal of the uterus is the most common treatment for uterine cancer. Whenever possible, our surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery, which provides the same benefits and leads to faster recovery and less discomfort. Some minimally invasive options include:
- Robotic hysterectomy, one of the most effective and least invasive types of hysterectomy.
- Laparoscopic hysterectomy, which involves creating small incisions in the navel or abdomen.
- Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy, which is done by making small incisions in the abdominal area.
Leaders in radiation therapy
Using the most advanced technology, we are able to more effectively deliver radiation therapy to our uterine cancer patients. Radiation treatment options for uterine cancer include MRI-guided radiation (for select patients), external beam radiation therapy and internal radiation, called intracavitary brachytherapy.
To fight some forms of uterine cancer, hormone therapy may be used. Some hormone therapy drugs may slow or stop the ovaries from producing estrogen. The hormone estrogen stimulates the growth of cancer cells. Other drugs are designed to stop any estrogen in the body from stimulating the growth of cancer cells. Different drugs may be given to block other hormones so they cannot turn into estrogen.
Medical research, known as clinical trials, is constantly being done to find better ways of treating cancer. If you are newly diagnosed with uterine or endometrial cancer, a clinical trial may be available for you.
At Henry Ford, our research nurse will work with you to find the clinical trial for a new drug or treatment approach that meets your needs.
Personalized care and support
Our multidisciplinary team will help you understand what to expect during your clinic visit, and explain your treatment options to you. We will be there for any questions you may have during your journey.