Uterine cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the uterus (womb). Cancer occurs when cells in the body divide without control or order. Normally, cells divide in a regulated manner. If cells keep dividing uncontrollably when new cells are not needed, a mass of tissue forms, called a growth or tumor.
The lower portion of the uterus, which is closest to the vagina, is called the cervix. When cancer develops in this portion, it is called cervical cancer.
The walls of the uterus (not including the cervix) are made of the endometrium (the inner lining) and the myometrium (the muscular, outer lining). The most common type of uterine cancer, called adenocarcinoma, begins in the endometrium. Less common cancers, called sarcomas, begin in the myometrium.
There are a few symptoms that may point to endometrial cancer, but some are more common as this cancer becomes advanced.
- Unusual vaginal bleeding, spotting, or other discharge
- Non-bloody vaginal discharge may also be a sign of endometrial cancer.
- Pelvic pain and/or mass and weight loss
Although any of these can be caused by things other than cancer, it is important to have them checked out by a doctor.
Moore Regional Hospital offers chemotherapy, oral chemotherapy, radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, surgery, robotic surgery and support for patients with uterine cancer.