There is no such thing as routine endometrial cancer. Every patient’s endometrial cancer is different, with different, individually unique genes and molecules driving each person’s specific cancer.
At the OSUCCC – James, our endometrial cancer specialists are world-renowned cancer experts who focus solely on endometrial cancer and who reach across medical disciplines (gynecologic oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, pharmacists and more) to design the very best treatment plan and therapies to target each patient’s specific cancer.
And by offering access to the country’s most advanced clinical trials right here at the OSUCCC – James, patients know that additional options, when needed, are often available for their treatment and care.
Facts About Endometrial Cancer
The endometrium is the lining of the uterus, which is the muscular organ in a woman’s pelvis where a fetus grows. The endometrial lining is what normally sheds every month if a woman does not become pregnant. Certain changes in the cells of the endometrium may lead to cancer.
About 53,000 women a year receive an endometrial cancer diagnosis, making it the most frequently diagnosed gynecological cancer in the United States. The average age at diagnosis is 60; the disease occurs most often in postmenopausal women.
There are several different types of endometrial cancer. The type diagnosed most often begins in glandular cells of the endometrium and is called adenocarcinoma. Cancer that begins in the connective tissue or muscle wall of the uterus, called uterine sarcoma, is much less common.
Endometrial Cancer Symptoms
Endometrial cancer that has just formed, or that is early in its progress, may not cause any symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may include the following:
- Vaginal bleeding or discharge not related to menstruation (periods)
- Difficult or painful urination
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Pain in the pelvic area
(Source: National Cancer Institute)
Having these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have endometrial cancer. But if you have symptoms you should tell your doctor, especially if symptoms have continued for longer than a few weeks.
If you have received an endometrial cancer diagnosis, or if you want a second opinion or just want to speak to an endometrial cancer specialist, we are here to help you. Call 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.