Questions and answers

How long can you live with recurrent endometrial cancer?

How long can you live with recurrent endometrial cancer?

While there are some women who do well for a number of years, the overall prognosis for women with measurable recurrent/metastatic endometrial cancer is poor, with a median survival of about 12 to 15 months.

Is recurrent endometrial cancer curable?

For most women, recurrent uterine cancer is incurable with currently available standard therapies. However if the recurrence follows primary treatment with surgery alone and is detected early, cure is still attainable with additional surgery and/or radiation therapy.

Is recurrent endometrial cancer terminal?

Recurrent uterine cancer is cancer that has returned after primary treatment. For most women, recurrent uterine cancer is incurable with currently available standard therapies.

Can you survive stage 4 endometrial cancer?

Survival for stage 3 or 4 endometrial cancer depends on how successful surgery has been and how much tumour had to be left behind after surgery. FIGO reports the five-year survival rate of distant (late-stage) endometrial cancer is 17%. Presenting to a doctor with symptoms for early detection is important.

How can you tell if endometrial cancer has returned?

Most endometrial cancer recurrences are found because of symptoms, so it’s very important that you tell your doctor exactly how you’re feeling. If symptoms or the physical exam suggests the cancer might have come back, imaging tests (such as CT scans or ultrasounds), a CA 125 blood test, and/or biopsies may be done.

What is the most aggressive endometrial cancer?

Uterine sarcomas, which develop in the muscle tissue of the uterus (the myometrium). This type is rare, but is also the most aggressive form of uterine cancer.

Is there hope for Stage 4 cancer?

Stage 4 doesn’t necessarily mean terminal. If the cancer can be removed with successful margins then a cure could be likely. Also if it can’t be completely removed, some people can live with a Stage 4 diagnosis for many years with different treatments.

Where does endometrial cancer spread first?

In general, uterine cancer can metastasize to the rectum or bladder. Other areas where it may spread include the vagina, ovaries and fallopian tubes. This form of cancer is typically slow growing and often detected before it has spread to more distant areas of the body.

Are there any recent advances in endometrial cancer treatment?

Although there have been significant recent advances in our understanding of endometrial cancer biology, many aspects of treatment remain mired in controversy, including the role of surgical lymph node assessment and the selection of patients for adjuvant radiation or chemotherapy.

What is the Lancet seminar on endometrial cancer?

Endometrial cancer: a review and current management strategies: part II. This Seminar focuses on the epidemiology and the histological and molecular classification of endometrial cancer. We also describe current practice and trials of surgery, adjuvant treatment, and novel targeted therapies.

When did the categorization of endometrial cancer begin?

A categorization of endometrial cancer subtypes was proposed by Bokhman in 1983. 11 That system proposed 2 broad types of endometrial cancer and was widely adopted as a framework for refining prognosis and for establishing different treatment approaches that reflect the disparate biologic behaviors of cancers within each of these groups.

What do you need to know about endometrium cancer?

The stage describes the growth or spread of the cancer through the endometrium and the uterus. It also tells if the cancer has spread to other parts of your body that are close by or farther away. Your cancer can be stage 1, 2, 3, or 4. The lower the number, the less the cancer has spread.