Uterine cancer most often develops in the cells that form the endometrium, or lining of the uterus, which is a hollow, pear-shaped organ where fetal development takes place in a woman’s pelvis. Sometimes, due to abnormal changes in the cellular structure, new cells form when the body doesn’t need them, and old or damaged cells don’t die when they should. The resulting accumulation of excess cells can form a malignant, or cancerous, tumor, which can be serious if not treated properly. Endometrial cancer cells can also break away and travel to other parts of the body.
If you have concerns about or are facing uterine cancer, the gynecological clinic at Moffitt Cancer Center offers a complete range of diagnosis and treatment options to provide the care you need – whether or not you have a referral. Our team provides a unique, multispecialty approach to patient care that is guided by evidence-based clinical pathways. In a single location, Moffitt patients have full access to a cohesive team of experts, including fellowship-trained surgeons, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, fertility preservation specialists, social workers and supportive care providers – all of whom work together to create an individualized treatment plan. These experts meet weekly during an interactive tumor board review to evaluate each new patient’s treatment options in order to ensure the best possible care.
As a leader in cancer research, Moffitt’s robust clinical trials provide participants with unique opportunities to improve their quality of life and contribute to our research. With a firm commitment to developing and translating scientific knowledge from promising laboratory discoveries into new treatments for cancer patients, Moffitt is proud to be the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Florida. This prestigious designation is bestowed upon institutions that:
- Have significant peer-reviewed research funding
- Conduct high-quality programs in basic, translational and population research
- Are dedicated to developing more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and therapy
- Educate health care professionals and the public
- Reach out to underserved populations
Moffitt Cancer Center is redefining how uterine cancer and other gynecologic cancers are diagnosed and treated. Through ambitious research efforts Moffitt is identifying the needs of cancer patients and their families by combining clinical data with genetic information in order to develop individualized treatment plans. As a result, our gynecological cancer survival rates are higher than the national averages, and our patients enjoy a better quality of life.
To make an appointment, please call 1-888-MOFFITT, or fill out our online form. For more information about uterine cancer, you can review our Women's Oncology TeleTalks, or refer to HER Place: the Health Education Resource Place in the gynecological clinic.