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Uterine Cancer Peach Ribbon

Definition:

  • A cancer that forms in the cells of the uterus, the organ in a woman’s pelvis (below stomach)
  • The two main types of uterine cancer are endometrial cancer, beginning in the lining of the uterus, and uterine sarcoma, a rare cancer beginning in the muscle or other tissues in the uterus

Symptoms:

  • Vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain, and pain during intercourse

Diagnostic Tests:

  • Pelvic exam- where the doctor examines outer and inner parts of the private genital area.
  • Pelvic Ultrasound:  sound waves to create pictures of the uterus, using a scope to examine the inner lining of the uterus (endometrium), taking a biopsy

Treatment:

  • Surgery
    • Surgery is done to take out the cancer, sometimes the entire uterus
    • The cancer tissue is sent for pathology so it can be “staged” based on how far it has spread
    • It can be staged from 1 to 4, where 1 has not spread and 4 being that it has spread a lot
  • Various treatment regimens include radiation, hormone, and/or chemotherapy