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Hormones exist naturally in the body. They help control how cells grow and what they do in the body.
The hormones oestrogen and progesterone can encourage cells in the womb lining to grow. Your cancer specialist may suggest hormonal therapy if you have advanced womb cancer or if you have womb cancer that has come back.
The main treatment is progesterone. It may help to shrink the cancer and control symptoms. You’re likely to have it as a tablet, but sometimes it’s given as an injection by your GP or practice nurse. The most common types of progesterone are:
The main side effects of progesterone are:
The side effects can be mild and you aren’t likely to get all of them. Let your doctor or nurse know if you are having troublesome side effects.
Content last reviewed: 1 August 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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