Treatment overview

The main treatment for womb cancer is an operation to remove the womb (hysterectomy), the fallopian tubes and ovaries. For some women, this may be the only treatment they need to cure the cancer. Women who are advised by their doctor not to have a general anaesthetic for health reasons may be treated with radiotherapy or drugs instead of surgery.

If the cancer has spread but is still in the pelvic area, you will usually still have an operation to remove as much of it as possible. This can make any treatment you have after surgery more effective.

Other treatments

After surgery, you may be advised to have other treatments to reduce the risk of the cancer coming back. This is known as adjuvant treatment. The stage and grade of the cancer helps your specialist decide if you need further treatment. The most common treatment is radiotherapy to the pelvic area. Some women are given chemotherapy as well as radiotherapy to reduce the risk of the cancer coming back. Sometimes, chemotherapy is given on its own instead of radiotherapy. You may also be asked if you would like to take part in a clinical trial.

Advanced cancer

Chemotherapy, or sometimes hormonal therapy, is used to treat cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, such as the liver or lungs. This is known as palliative treatment.

Chemotherapy can help to shrink and control the cancer. It can also help to relieve symptoms.

Hormonal therapy may be given when chemotherapy is no longer working. Occasionally, an operation may be done to remove a cancer that has spread, if it is small and confined to one part of the body.

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