Symptoms like bleeding between periods, abnormal watery or bloody discharge, or bleeding after menopause can indicate a variety of reproductive health issues including uterine cancer. If you live in or around Rockville, Maryland, and experience these symptoms, make an appointment with Judith Gurdian, MD, Michelle Spector, MD, Tanya Ghatan, MD, or any member of the team at Capital Women’s Care. Call the practice or schedule online today.
Uterine cancer — which is often referred to as endometrial cancer — is the abnormal growth of cancerous cells in your uterus. It typically begins in your endometrial lining. Uterine cancer is often diagnosed early because it causes symptoms that prompt doctor appointments and checkups.
Uterine sarcoma is a less common form of uterine cancer. It develops in the muscles of the uterus or supporting tissue.
Both forms of uterine cancer are more common in menopausal women.
Uterine cancer causes symptoms including:
Some of the risk factors for uterine cancer include:
If you have symptoms that could indicate uterine cancer, your doctor at Capital Women’s Care performs a variety of diagnostic exams and tests to determine the cause of your symptoms. These typically include:
If you have uterine cancer, your doctor will discuss your disease and treatment options with you and answer your questions to help you choose the best treatment. Your options could include:
Surgeries like hysterectomies are often recommended to address uterine cancer. When your doctor removes your uterus not only do they remove the cancerous cells but they eliminate the chances of further abnormal growths developing in your endometrial lining.
Your doctor may suggest radiation therapy, which uses powerful energy to kill uterine cancer cells. In some cases, your doctor may recommend radiation after cancer surgery or other treatments to reduce the chances of a cancer recurrence.
You might benefit from hormone therapy to address a hormonal imbalance that can lead to uterine cancer. This might include medications to adjust your estrogen or progesterone levels.
This treatment uses chemicals to kill your cancerous cells. Chemotherapy is typically recommended if you have advanced or recurrent uterine cancer or if your cancer has spread beyond your uterus.
If you’re concerned about uterine cancer or have troubling symptoms, call or schedule an appointment online today.