Endometrial / Uterine Cancer

NHCI Gynecologic Cancer Program ranks among the top community programs in the country

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.

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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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.

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