Endometrial cancer begins in the layer of cells that forms the lining of the uterus. It is sometimes referred to as cancer of the uterus or uterine cancer. The first sign of endometrial cancer can be vaginal bleeding not associated with a woman’s period or menstrual cycle. Other symptoms can include pelvic pain or pain accompanying sexual intercourse or urination. If you have gone through menopause, it is very important to report any abnormal discharge, vaginal spotting or bleeding to your doctor.
If your doctor suspects you may have uterine or endometrial cancer, an endometrial biopsy, dilation and curettage, or D & C, will be performed to remove a small tissue sample from the inside wall of your uterus. The tissue sample will be examined under a microscope. If cancer is present, additional testing will be performed to determine the extent or stage of advancement.
After diagnosing and staging endometrial cancer, a doctor will recommend appropriate treatment options, which may include a total abdominal hysterectomy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy and/or chemotherapy.
The earlier endometrial cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better the survival rate. If you believe there was a delay in diagnosing and treating your uterine cancer, you may wish to contact a law firm that is experienced in delay in diagnosing cancer cases or a medical malpractice attorney.