Endometrial Cancer (cont.)
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How Is Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer Treated?
The treatment of endometrial cancer varies depending on the stage of the cancer. Staging is based on the findings from the initial surgery, which involves the removal of the entire uterus and cervix (total abdominal hysterectomy), the fallopian tubes, and the ovaries. These organs are examined to determine the extent of the cancer (operative or pathologic staging). During this operation, cells are collected from the peritoneal cavity and tested for cancer. Usually, the lymph nodes in the pelvis and surrounding areas are removed and examined for cancer. Only then is a decision made about treatment.
Medical Treatment and Medications for Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer
Surgery is the main therapy for endometrial cancer. Other options include the following therapies:
The most widely used chemotherapy drug in treating endometrial cancer is carboplatin (Paraplatin). Carboplatin is given alone or in combination with other chemotherapy drugs. Other drugs used to treat endometrial cancer are paclitaxel (Taxol), and doxorubicin (Adriamycin PFS). Targeted therapy with bevacizumab (Avastin) and or Temsirolimus ( Torisel) have also been recommended by NCCN and used “off label” for the treatment of endometrial cancer.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/26/2016
William T Creasman, MD
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