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Cancer of the Uterus

  • Posted: 10/25/2010

About This Booklet

This National Cancer Institute (NCI) booklet (NIH Publication No. 10-1562) is about cancer that starts in the uterus. Other names for this disease are uterine cancer and endometrial cancer.

In 2013, about 50,000 women will be diagnosed with uterine cancer in the United States. Most will be over 55 years old.

Learning about medical care for uterine cancer can help you take an active part in making choices about your care. This booklet tells about:

  • Diagnosis and staging
  • Treatment and follow-up care
  • Taking part in research studies

This booklet has lists of questions that you may want to ask your doctor. Many people find it helpful to take a list of questions to a doctor visit. To help remember what your doctor says, you can take notes. You may also want to have a family member or friend go with you when you talk with the doctor—to take notes, ask questions, or just listen.

This booklet is not about uterine sarcoma. Uterine sarcoma is a different type of cancer. Women with sarcoma have different treatment options. For the latest information about uterine sarcoma, visit NCI’s Web site at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/uterinesarcoma or contact NCI’s Cancer Information Service. Call 1–800–4–CANCER (1–800–422–6237). Or chat using LiveHelp, NCI’s instant messaging service.
 

Also, this booklet is not about cancer that begins in the cervix. For the latest information about cervical cancer, visit NCI’s Web site at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/cervical or contact NCI’s Cancer Information Service.