Uterine cancer is the fourth most common cancer for women in the United States. Anne O. Rodriguez, MD, of Gynecologic Oncology Specialists, offers surgical treatment for this devastating disease and helps you make a recovery. Women in Lompoc, Ventura, and Santa Barbara, California, who are concerned about uterine cancer can call their nearest location or book a one-on-one consultation online to learn about treatment options.
Uterine cancer comes in many forms, but the most common type affects the endometrium – the lining of the uterus. About 90% of cases of uterine cancer are endometrial cancer.
Uterine cancer usually develops after menopause and is more common in women who are obese. Taking hormone replacement therapy for many years also increases your risk of developing the condition.
Uterine cancer doesn’t always present with symptoms, but you may experience:
When detected early, treatment with hysterectomy can often resolve the cancer. The five-year survival rate from uterine cancer is 81%.
To determine if you have uterine cancer, you may undergo a pelvic exam, imaging tests, and a biopsy at Gynecologic Oncology Specialists. Imaging tests include an ultrasound as well as a hysteroscopy. During a hysteroscopy, Dr. Rodriguez inserts a thin, lighted tube through your vagina into your uterus. The lighted lens gives her a good view of your uterine lining.
She may also perform a biopsy: removing a small amount of tissue from the uterine lining and sending it to a lab for analysis. Usually, this procedure takes place in-office, but if she cannot acquire enough tissue, she may need to perform surgery to obtain the biopsy.
Dr. Rodriguez usually performs a hysterectomy to address uterine cancer. She uses minimally invasive robotic techniques, if possible, for your case. In many cases, she removes the ovaries and fallopian tubes as well in a surgery called a salpingo-oophorectomy.
After the removal of your uterus, you can no longer get pregnant, and you go into menopause if you haven’t already.
During surgery, Dr. Rodriguez looks for signs to see if the cancer has spread. If you have a complex case, you may also need radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
If you are concerned about uterine cancer, contact Gynecologic Oncology Specialists to learn about treatment options. Call or book an appointment using the online tool.