How Soon After My Diagnosis Should I Be Treated for Uterine Cancer?
If you were recently diagnosed with uterine cancer, you may want to get started with treatment right away, so that you can get it over with and get on with your life. However, it’s important that you first take a step back and think carefully about your choices.
Your oncologist can explain all of your uterine cancer treatment options and help you weigh the benefits of each against the possible risks and side effects. During this time, you should also ask questions and request explanations of anything you feel unsure about. Finally, you may want to seek a second opinion. By taking these steps, you can make better-informed decisions that are more likely to lead to the best possible outcome and quality of life.
Starting your uterine cancer treatment
The timing and specifics of your treatment will be influenced by the type and stage of your cancer, as well as your age, general health, future plans regarding having children and other considerations. In general, surgery is the main form of treatment for uterine cancer. However, in some cases, the best approach may involve a combination of:
- Radiation therapy
- Hormone therapy
Additionally, you may want to consider participating in a clinical trial. These carefully controlled research studies provide early access to promising new treatments that aren’t yet widely available.
In addition to the treatment options presented by your oncologist, you may hear about alternative or complementary approaches that can be used to treat uterine cancer or relieve its symptoms. Some examples include nutritional supplements, special diets, acupuncture and massage therapy. Be sure to talk with your treatment team before trying any of these methods so that you will fully understand what is known – and unknown – about their respective roles in uterine cancer treatment.
If you have questions, you are welcome to turn to the experts in the gynecological clinic at Moffitt Cancer Center, where we are continually advancing the treatment of uterine cancer. As a result of our extensive research efforts, our survival rates are higher than the national averages and many of our patients achieve a better quality of life.