Endometrial Cancer, Symptoms and Causes
Endometrial cancer is a disease of the lining of the uterus. It is the most common gynecologic cancer, but is also highly curable when found early. Endometrial cancer symptoms may include post-menopausal bleeding, abnormal discharge and pelvic pain.
Endometrial cancer -- the exact cause of which is uncertain -- is different from uterine cancer, which affects the muscle of the uterus, and is unusual in women under the age of 40. Risk factors for this disease may include obesity and estrogen replacement therapy.
The Gynecologic Oncology Program at the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of uterine cancers. Our medical experts include specialists in a multitude of disciplines such as Gynecologic Oncology, Medical Oncology, Oncology Nursing, Radiation Medicine, Social Work and Genetic Counseling.
Our physicians are full members of Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored organization that conducts and coordinates research in cancers of the female reproductive system. Patients will have the opportunity to participate in GOG Clinical Trials relevant to their particular condition. In addition to their doctors, clinical trial participants will be monitored by our research nurses and managers, effectively adding an extra layer of support to the care we provide.
Endometrial Cancer Treatments
Treatment options for endometrial cancer and other gynecologic cancers at the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute include the latest in chemotherapeutic and biologic therapies and access to up-to-date clinical trials and innovative treatments, including:
- Laparoscopic and robotically assisted cancer surgery
- Chemotherapy (intravenous and intraperitoneal)
- Hormone therapy
- Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), which allows for precise radiation doses to navigate to specific areas within the tumor through three-dimensional imaging
- Fertility-sparing surgical techniques
North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute experts are at the forefront of research in the early detection of ovarian cancer and uterine cancer, and are involved in leading-edge programs in the prevention of cervical cancer through regular screenings and identification of women with precancerous cervical lesions and papilloma virus infections.
Endometrial Cancer Clinical Trials
The North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute offers a full array of clinical trials. The result of this research not only impacts survival, but also enhances the quality of life. For more information about clinical trials for Endometrial Cancer, visit Cancer Clinical Trials.
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