What treatments are available for endometrial cancer and when are each appropriate?

What chemotherapy drugs are used to treat endometrial cancer?

Chemo drugs used to treat endometrial cancer may include:

  • Paclitaxel (Taxol®)
  • Carboplatin.
  • Doxorubicin (Adriamycin®) or liposomal doxorubicin (Doxil®)
  • Cisplatin.
  • Docetaxel (Taxotere®)

What is the best treatment for stage 4 endometrial cancer?

In most cases of stage IV endometrial cancer, the cancer has spread too far for it all to be removed with surgery. A hysterectomy and removal of both fallopian tubes and ovaries may still be done to prevent excessive bleeding. Radiation therapy may also be used for this reason.

Is endometrial cancer treatable?

Endometrial cancer is highly curable when found early. Uterine carcinosarcoma is a very rare type of uterine cancer, with characteristics of both endometrial cancer and uterine sarcoma. It is also known as a malignant mixed mesodermal tumor.

Is Stage 1b endometrial cancer curable?

Stage IB is cancer that invades less than one half of the muscle wall of the uterus. Stage IC is cancer that invades more than one half of the muscle wall of the uterus. Stage I uterine cancer is curable with surgery alone for the majority of patients.

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What does Stage 4 endometriosis mean?

Stage 4 or severe: This is the most widespread. You have many deep implants and thick adhesions. There are also large cysts on one or both ovaries.

How long does chemo last for endometrial cancer?

Generally, a course of chemotherapy is completed within three to six months and may be repeated if necessary. In the Gynecologic Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, our multispecialty team of experts takes a highly individualized approach to uterine cancer treatment.

How long can you live with stage 4 endometrial cancer?

The average duration of response was over 10 months and the average survival was over 16 months. This regimen was administered on an outpatient basis and was well tolerated. These doctors concluded that this was an active treatment regimen for women with advanced or recurrent uterine cancer.

What is the prognosis for stage 4 endometrial cancer?

Survival rates can be as high as 90%. Survival rates get lower as cancer stages increase. Women with stage IV (4) uterine cancer have a survival rate of about 15%.

Does endometrial cancer spread quickly?

The most common type of endometrial cancer (type 1) grows slowly. It most often is found only inside the uterus. Type 2 is less common. It grows more rapidly and tends to spread to other parts of the body.

How do you feel with endometrial cancer?

Pelvic pain, a mass, and weight loss

Pain in the pelvis, feeling a mass (tumor), and losing weight without trying can also be symptoms of endometrial cancer. These symptoms are more common in later stages of the disease. Still, any delay in seeking medical help may allow the disease to progress even further.

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Can endometrial cancer come back after hysterectomy?

Endometrial cancer is most likely to recur in the first three years after the initial treatment, though late recurrence is also possible. If you would like to speak with a physician at Moffitt Cancer Center about endometrial cancer or undergoing a hysterectomy, we invite you to request an appointment.