Uterine Cancer Treatment
Once cancer has been detected, biopsied and “staged,” your team of specialists in gynecological oncology, surgery, radiation oncology, radiology and pathology will work together to assess your best course of uterine cancer treatment. This will include formulating a coordinated plan of personalized treatment consistent with the highest standards of care. Your treatment will be tailored to your specific type of uterine cancer, and it may involve a combination of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or hormonal drugs and targeted therapies.
Uterine Cancer Surgery
Surgery is the primary treatment for uterine cancer, with more than 90 percent being done with the da Vinci robotic surgery, which reduces pain, length of hospital stay and recovery time. WellStar physicians are some of the most highly trained in the nation with the da Vinci robotic surgery and approximately 82 percent of women survive five years after diagnosis.
Surgical approaches for uterine cancer at WellStar include:
- da Vinci robotic surgery, which allows hysterectomies through small surgical holes. The entire procedure, including hysterectomy as well as removal of pelvic and para-aortic lymph nodes can be performed through this technique, eliminating the need for abdominal incision.
- Total Hysterectomy. The standard surgery for treatment of uterine cancer is a total abdominal hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries). In addition to removing the uterus and ovaries, the surgeon will often sample or remove the pelvic and para-aortic lymph nodes to determine if cancer has spread.
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs given by mouth or injection to destroy cancer cells. It can be used to assist in the cure of cancer patients or to prolong life or the quality of life.
Hormone therapy is used if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Synthetic progestin, a form of the hormone progesterone, is often used to keep the cancer from growing. Other medications may be used as well.
Medical oncologists at WellStar believe in a personalized approach to uterine cancer therapy - often guided by the genetics of the cancer and the condition of the patient.
Radiation therapy for uterine cancer involves the use of high-energy radiation and/or radioactive substances to destroy cancer cells or prevent the cells from reproducing. WellStar offers standard radiation and cutting edge techniques, including:
- High-Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy, an internal radiation therapy, offers a fast, powerful and precise way to deliver radiation directly to uterine tumors.