Endometrial Cancer

Cancer Care Endometrial Cancer

Endometrial cancer sometimes known as

cancer of the womb, is when normal cells

lining the womb change. Endometrial cancer

is most commonly found in women over the

age of 40 and rare in women under 35.

What is Endometrial Cancer?

Endometrial cancer sometimes known as cancer of the womb, is when normal cells lining the womb change. Endometrial cancer is most commonly found in women over the age of 40 and rare in women under 35 and is the most commonly diagnosed gynaecological cancer accounting for around 13% of all cancers in women.

In the UK around 8,500 women per year are diagnosed with womb cancer. Generally, womb cancers begin in the lining of the womb (the endometrium). These types of cancers are often diagnosed early and treated successfully. Womb cancer isn’t infectious and you can’t pass it on to anyone else.

Types of endometrial or womb cancer

About 95% of womb cancers develop from glandular tissue in the endometrium and are called endometrial carcinomas or endometrioid adenocarcinomas. They are typically diagnosed early and are often successfully cured.

Less common types of womb cancer are, carcinosarcoma and papillary serous carcinoma, with a rarer example known as clear cell carcinoma.

Distinct from endometrial carcinomas, these types of endometrial cancer tend to grow more quickly but aren’t believed to be linked to oestrogen levels.

Uterine sarcoma is a further type of cancer that begins in the womb muscle.

There is no known cause or routine screening for endometrial cancer, although survival rates for endometrial cancer are quite high but recognition of the early signs is vital.

There are risks which can increase the chances of developing this form of cancer:

  • Menopause
  • Overweight
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  • Family history: Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer (HNPCC)
  • Never had children or been pregnant
  • Polycystic Ovaries
Symptoms
Diagnosis

Treatments available at Clatterbridge Private Clinic

Breast Cancer Care at Clatterbridge Private Clinic

Chemotherapy

Some patients will be offered chemotherapy after their surgery to reduce the risk of the cancer recurring – this is known as adjuvant chemotherapy. There are many different types of chemotherapy. Your oncologist will talk you through the option that is best for you. This depends on the exact type of cancer that you have and your medical history. They will explain the side effects of treatment and how you can expect to feel on the treatment. They will also talk to you about what the treatment can be expected to achieve and the likelihood of this.

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Breast Cancer Care at Clatterbridge Private Clinic

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy uses the body’s own immune system to target the cancer. It is used both as the first treatment and after chemotherapy, depending on your exact type of cancer. A specific test (PDL1) will be performed on your biopsy to see if this treatment is the right one for your cancer. Your oncologist will explain whether immunotherapy is suitable for you or not and what the potential side effects may be. They will also talk to you about what the treatment can be expected to achieve and the likelihood of this.

The drugs used include;

  • Pembrolizumab
  • Nivolumab
  • Atezolizumab

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Breast Cancer Care at Clatterbridge Private Clinic

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy uses strong x-rays to target cancer. It can be used in high doses for control or cure of cancers, but also in lower doses to help to slow down the growth of cancer that cannot be cured. Radiotherapy specifically targets a problem area using x-rays beams that are shaped specifically to cover the area to be treated and to avoid as much normal tissue as possible.

At Clatterbridge Private Clinic, we have access to the most up to date techniques and radiotherapy machines. Delivered at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, the Private Clinic has the support and experience of the physicists, radiographers and clinicians that deliver hundreds of radiotherapy treatments every day.

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Chemotherapy
Breast Cancer Care at Clatterbridge Private Clinic

Chemotherapy

Some patients will be offered chemotherapy after their surgery to reduce the risk of the cancer recurring – this is known as adjuvant chemotherapy. There are many different types of chemotherapy. Your oncologist will talk you through the option that is best for you. This depends on the exact type of cancer that you have and your medical history. They will explain the side effects of treatment and how you can expect to feel on the treatment. They will also talk to you about what the treatment can be expected to achieve and the likelihood of this.

MORE INFO

Immunotherapy
Breast Cancer Care at Clatterbridge Private Clinic

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy uses the body’s own immune system to target the cancer. It is used both as the first treatment and after chemotherapy, depending on your exact type of cancer. A specific test (PDL1) will be performed on your biopsy to see if this treatment is the right one for your cancer. Your oncologist will explain whether immunotherapy is suitable for you or not and what the potential side effects may be. They will also talk to you about what the treatment can be expected to achieve and the likelihood of this.

The drugs used include;

  • Pembrolizumab
  • Nivolumab
  • Atezolizumab

MORE INFO

Radiotherapy
Breast Cancer Care at Clatterbridge Private Clinic

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy uses strong x-rays to target cancer. It can be used in high doses for control or cure of cancers, but also in lower doses to help to slow down the growth of cancer that cannot be cured. Radiotherapy specifically targets a problem area using x-rays beams that are shaped specifically to cover the area to be treated and to avoid as much normal tissue as possible.

At Clatterbridge Private Clinic, we have access to the most up to date techniques and radiotherapy machines. Delivered at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, the Private Clinic has the support and experience of the physicists, radiographers and clinicians that deliver hundreds of radiotherapy treatments every day.

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Endometrial Cancer Specialists

Dr Allison Hall
Dr Allison Hall
Consultant in Clinical Oncology
Dr Anoop Haridass
Dr Anoop Haridass
Consultant in Clinical Oncology
Dr. Richard Griffiths
Dr Richard Griffiths
Consultant in Medical Oncology