Surgical Procedures for Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer
by Debra Wood, RN
Surgery is the main treatment for uterine cancer in all stages. The goal of surgery is to remove as much cancer as possible. Surgery offers the best chance for a cure if uterine cancer is found in early stages. The type of surgery depends on the stage of the cancer. Radiation or chemotherapy may be done after surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells.
Surgery for Early Stage and Advanced Uterine Cancer
There different options for surgery. The choice will depend on how aggressive the cancer is and how far it has spread. Some options will spare the ovaries. This will prevent early menopause and preserve fertility. Options include:
There are a number of ways these surgeries may be done:
Other surgical procedures include:
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Last reviewed December 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 12/13/2017
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