Endometrial / Uterine Cancer Care Program

The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute (NHCI) Gynecologic Cancer Program is Georgia’s leading provider of women’s cancer care, diagnosing and treating more new cases of endometrial / uterine cancer than any other hospital in Georgia. Northside Hospital ranks among the top five women’s cancer programs in the country.

What Is Endometrial / Uterine Cancer?

Endometrial cancer (also referred to as uterine cancer) is a type of gynecologic cancer that starts in the endometrium, the lining of the uterus (womb).

Symptoms of Endometrial Cancer

There are a few symptoms that may point to endometrial cancer, but some are more common as this type of cancer becomes more advanced.

Symptoms of endometrial cancer include:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding, spotting or other discharge
  • Lower abdominal pain or pelvic cramping
  • Thin white or clear vaginal discharge after menopause
  • Unintended weight loss

Endometrial / Uterine Cancer Risk Factors & Prevention

Risk Factors

Most cases of endometrial cancer occur between the ages of 60 and 70.

Several factors can increase a woman’s risk of developing endometrial cancer:

Learn more about endometrial cancer.

Prevention

There are no screening tests or exams to find endometrial cancer early. Women should have annual well-woman doctor visits, including regular pelvic exams. It is important that women with an increased risk for developing endometrial cancer see their doctor whenever they have any abnormal vaginal bleeding. A primary care provider or gynecologist can recommend the right cancer screenings and diagnostic tests based on age, lifestyle and family history.

There is no guaranteed prevention against endometrial cancer, but maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise and avoiding smoking and other tobacco products can reduce the risk of cancer.

As part of our comprehensive approach to cancer prevention and education, Northside offers Built To Quit, a smoking and tobacco cessation program offering resources to help individuals quit smoking and stop using other tobacco products. For additional information, or to register for a cessation class, please call 404-780-7653 or email smokingcessation@northside.com.

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Cancer Genetics Program

Northside Hospital’s Cancer Genetics Program is available to patients interested in genetic counseling and testing due to strong personal or family histories of gynecologic, breast and colorectal cancers. Our team of certified genetic counselors help patients assess, understand and reduce the risk of developing certain types of genetically influenced cancer such as endometrial or uterine cancer. For additional information, please call 404-851-6284 or email genetics@northside.com.

Diagnosing Endometrial / Uterine Cancer

Endometrial cancer is typically diagnosed after a woman goes to her doctor because she has been experiencing symptoms.

Northside’s Gynecologic Cancer Program physicians use the following tests and procedures to diagnose endometrial or uterine cancer:

Team of Gynecologic Cancer Specialists

The strength of NHCI’s Gynecologic Cancer Program is our multidisciplinary team of dedicated, specially trained gynecologic oncology specialists who provide individualized care for each endometrial cancer patient. Northside’s gynecologic cancer care team offers a comprehensive scope of medical services, the latest technology, leading-edge clinical research and compassionate support for endometrial cancer patients.

Our dedicated and experienced gynecologic oncologists and clinical experts are among the most experienced in the country. Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s physicians are committed to providing comprehensive cancer care in a compassionate setting.

Our multidisciplinary medical team of GYN cancer specialists consists of:

  • Gynecologic oncologists (provide surgery and systemic treatments)
  • Medical oncologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Radiologists
  • Pathologists
  • Certified genetic counselors
  • GYN nurse navigator
  • Clinical research nurses

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Northside Hospital provides a forum for these cancer specialists to review radiology and pathology images and discuss the best Endometrial / Uterine Cancer Treatment Options, including clinical trials, and develop an evidence-based treatment plan for each patient. By prospectively discussing endometrial cancer cases during conference, patients get the benefit of more than a dozen expert medical opinions.

Endometrial / Uterine Cancer Treatment Options

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Cancer Program leads the way in groundbreaking surgical procedures for better outcomes and less invasive treatments of endometrial cancer.

Northside’s Gynecologic Cancer Program offers patients dedicated women-only surgery suites for breast and GYN surgery as well as an inpatient unit designed specifically for women diagnosed with gynecologic cancers.

Endometrial cancer treatment will depend on the stage of the cancer, the size and shape of the tumor, the age and general health of the woman, and her desire to have children in the future.

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Northside Hospital is the Southeast leader for total robotic procedures performed. Multiple minimally invasive laparoscopic and traditional surgical procedures are available at Northside Hospital Cancer Institute to treat a wide array of gynecologic conditions, including endometrial cancer.

Surgery is often the main treatment for endometrial cancer and consists of a hysterectomy, often along with a salpingo-oophorectomy, and removal of lymph nodes. In some cases, a pelvic washing is performed, the omentum is removed, and/or peritoneal biopsies are obtained. If the cancer has spread throughout the pelvis and abdomen, a debulking procedure (removal of as much cancer as possible) may be done.

Chemotherapy uses anti-cancer drugs that are injected into a vein or given orally. These drugs enter the bloodstream and can reach all areas of the body, making this treatment useful for killing cancer cells in most parts of the body. Chemotherapy is often given in cycles, with each period of treatment followed by a recovery period.

There are a few situations in which chemotherapy may be recommended for endometrial cancer.

At Northside's infusion centers, chemotherapy is provided on an outpatient basis by registered nurses who are certified in chemotherapy administration.

Radiation therapy, also called radiation oncology, is a cancer treatment that uses high-energy rays to damage or kill cancer cells. Radiation may be used before the surgery to shrink a tumor or after surgery to kill remaining cancerous cells.

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute offers several types of radiation therapy to treat endometrial cancer including:

  • Brachytherapy
  • External beam radiation therapy (EBRT)

Sometimes chemotherapy is given along with the radiation to help it work better. This is called chemoradiation.

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Learn more about each of these procedures and our Radiation Oncology Program

Hormone therapy is the use of hormones or hormone-blocking drugs to fight cancer. This type of systemic therapy is more often used to treat endometrial cancer. Types of hormone therapy used to treat endometrial cancer include:

  • Luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonists
  • Tamoxifen
  • Aromatase Inhibitors
  • Progestins

Most of the estrogen in women's bodies is made by the ovaries. Estrogen makes hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers grow. Reducing the amount of estrogen or blocking its action can reduce the risk of early-stage hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers coming back (recurring) after surgery. Hormonal therapy medicines can also be used to help shrink or slow the growth of advanced-stage or metastatic hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers. Hormonal therapy medicines are NOT effective against hormone-receptor-negative breast cancers.

Clinical trials are studies that involve people and are a critical part of oncology research. These studies test new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, or treat cancer. Patients who take part in cancer clinical trials have an opportunity to contribute to scientists’ knowledge about cancer and to help in the development of improved cancer treatments. During these trials, these patients also receive state-of- the-art care from Northside’s nationally renowned oncology team.

Learn more about Cancer Clinical Trials and Research at Northside Hospital.

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Endometrial / Uterine Support & Survivorship

Endometrial cancer treatment and recovery can be overwhelming, which is why, at Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Gynecologic Cancer Program, we have oncology nurse navigators to guide patients every step of the way after cancer diagnosis and through treatment. Northside’s registered oncology nurses work with radiologists, pathologists, surgeons, oncologists and other specialists to coordinate each cancer treatment plan, educating and supporting cancer patients to make informed decisions.

Ongoing cancer support is crucial for women when they are facing endometrial cancer and afterward. Northside Hospital Cancer Institute provides a full range of Support and Survivorship programs and services to address the unique needs of gynecologic cancer patients.

  • Clinical support including nurse navigation, oncology nutrition, oncology social work, and rehabilitation services
  • Practical and emotional support such as A Wellness Place and the programs and services of the Cancer Support Community including a Monthly Gynecologic Cancer Support Group

To learn more about oncology patient navigation or to speak with an oncology nurse navigator, please call 404-300-2800 or email nurse.navigator@northside.com.

Network of Hope / Woman to Woman - Gynecologic Cancer Mentoring Program

The Network of Hope (NoH) program connects cancer patients with trained volunteers who have also faced cancer and embraced life afterward. Volunteer cancer survivors and caregivers are available to mentor cancer patients throughout their treatment.

In 2015, as part of a grant received from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, Northside Hospital Cancer Institute launched the Woman to Woman program as a specialty area within Network of Hope. Woman to Woman provides expanded mentoring support specifically for women with gynecologic cancers. For more information about the Woman to Woman program please call 404-303-3676.

Learn more about all of the Cancer Support & Survivorship Resources available.