UTERINE CANCER

Treating women’s cancers with expertise and compassion.

Doctor discusses uterine cancer treatment with patient

Getting started

Your treatment begins with your Legacy Cancer Institute doctor recommending a plan based on expert guidelines, called protocols. Your treatment is determined by:

  • The type of tumor
  • The location of the tumor
  • The extent of the disease, called the stage
  • Any tests you have had during diagnosis
  • A discussion about what is right for you

Meet our providers

Our team features some of the region’s most recognized specialists. Give us a call to make an appointment. Learn more about our gynecological cancer care team.

503-413-8654  (Oregon)  
360-703-9870  (Washington)

Uterine cancer treatment options

There are several standard treatments for uterine cancer.  Many people undergo a combination of treatments.

Surgery is the removal of the cancer. For uterine cancer, surgery is the primary treatment. There are many options:

  • Total hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus and cervix.
  • Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy involves removal of both ovaries and both fallopian tubes.
  • Radical hysterectomy includes the removal of the uterus, cervix and part of the vagina. May also include ovaries, fallopian tubes and/or nearby lymph nodes.
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy is the removal and examination of the sentinel lymph node to see if cancer has spread. A positive result means cancer may be present in other lymph nodes or organs.

Legacy Cancer Institute surgeons are trained in minimally invasive techniques, including robotic surgery. These methods may allow you to recover more quickly from procedures such as hysterectomy.

Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays or other radiation to kill cancer cells. Radiation can be one of two types:

  • External radiation uses a machine outside the body and aims radiation toward the cancer.
  • Brachytherapy uses a radioactive material placed in the body, directly in contact with the tumor, so healthy tissues have less exposure to radiation. Brachytherapy can also be called implant radiation therapy, internal radiation therapy or radiation brachytherapy. Legacy’s technologically advanced brachytherapy program is the largest and most experienced in the region. Learn about brachytherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells throughout the body. 

Immunotherapy uses the body’s own immune system to treat cancer (also called biologic therapy). Substances from the body or made in a lab are used to trigger an immune response. They boost, restore or direct your own natural defense against cancer. 

Hormone therapy slows or stops the growth of cancer by blocking or interfering with hormones, which are chemical messengers that control bodily functions like the reproductive system. Hormone therapy can be given as a pill or injection. A surgeon may also remove organs that produce hormones.

Targeted therapy: Different than traditional chemotherapy, this treatment can help stop cancer from growing and spreading by targeting specific genes or proteins.

Talk to your doctor about these and other options for treating uterine cancer. There may also be a clinical trial (research study) for which you are eligible. Researchers are discovering new therapies for treating cancer all the time, giving doctors new resources for your care. 

 

What happens next

Many cancer treatments can cause challenging side effects. Your cancer team is dedicated to helping you manage these symptoms in the best ways possible. Comfort care can treat symptoms to help improve your quality of life; this is also called palliative care.

To see how well your treatment is working, some of the tests used to diagnose and stage your cancer may be repeated. Your doctor uses these tests to decide whether to stop, change or continue treatment based on the results. These tests can also determine if cancer has returned. Whenever possible, we work to stop the growth of cancer and reduce the chance of cancer coming back.  

 

Working together for you

Our cancer experts work together with a common goal: delivering the right care for you.

A range of specialists collaborate regularly in meetings called tumor boards to discuss the best plan for your care. Your treatment plan is made just for you, depending on your general health, your age, your particular cancer and its growth.

More support

You are not alone. Legacy offers support throughout your cancer journey, as well as care for your emotional, social and spiritual needs.

Nurse navigators
Legacy Cancer Healing Center 
Support groups and classes
Cancer rehabilitation 
Survivorship services

More information

Uterine cancer
Find a clinical trial

National Cancer Institute: Uterine cancer
Centers for Disease Control: Uterine cancer
 

 

Meet our providers

Our team features some of the region’s most recognized specialists. Give us a call to make an appointment. Learn more about our gynecological cancer care team.

503-413-8654  (Oregon)  
360-703-9870  (Washington)