Corpus Uteri Cancer Treatment

Uterine cancer is treated by one or a combination of treatments, including:

  • surgery

  • radiotherapy

  • chemotherapy

  • hormone therapy

 

When your doctor creates your treatment plan, there are a number of factors to consider:

  • age

  • health condition

  • size and cell type of the tumour

  • how much cancer cells resemble healthy cells when observed under a microscope

  • any metastasis

 

For an early stage tumour, the treatment will involve surgery and post-operation radiotherapy. For advanced tumours, the doctor usually includes chemotherapy and follows with hormone therapy. 

 

Surgery

  • A total hysterectomy is a common surgical procedure for uterine cancer. 

  • The uterus, cervix and nearby tissues will be removed. For post-menopausal patients, the doctor usually performs a bilateral salpingo-
      oophorectomy, which is the removal of both oviducts and ovaries. The removed parts will undergo pathological investigation to identify the cell
      type and metastatic status.

 

Radiotherapy

  • Depending on the situation of each patient, the doctor may prescribe internal or external radiotherapy.

  • Post-operation radiotherapy can eradicate any remaining cancer cells after surgery.

  • Sometimes, the doctor may recommend radiotherapy rather than surgery.

 

Chemotherapy

  • Mainly used in the late stage or relapse of corpus uteri cancer to reduce the size of the tumor, slow down the growth and relieve symptoms; also
      can be used in combination with surgery and radiotherapy.

  • Two common drug combinations for corpus uteri cancer: carboplatin & paclitaxel and cisplatin & doxorubicin. Different drug combinations
      have varying side effects. You can understand more from your doctor about the drug names, dosage, side effects and relevant remedies before
      treatment begins.

  • The whole treatment lasts for several months and after each dose, rest is required for several days to allow the body to recover from any side
      effects.

 

Hormone Therapy

  • Some corpus uteri cancer has lutein receptors, which can be used to slow the growth of cancer cells by taking artificially lutein.

  • The side effects of Hormone Therapy are milder.

 

For more tips on post-treatment side effects, please download the ‘Hair Loss’, ‘Radiotherapy’, ‘Chemotherapy’, ‘Sex and Cancer’ booklets, or call Cancer Fund’s hotline 3656 0800 for a copy.

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