Uterine cancer is a common gynecological cancer. Endometrial cancer, the most common type of uterine cancer, forms in the uterus lining. Uterine sarcoma, which forms in the uterine muscles or other tissues, is rarer.
At Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute, we’re adept at treating both types. A quick, precise diagnosis is the most important first step to catching uterine cancer early and treating it immediately.
At the AHN Cancer Institute, we use sophisticated technology to diagnose uterine cancer. You can expect the diagnostic process to be:
- Rapid: We use biopsies and ultrasounds to make a quick, accurate diagnosis.
- Collaborative: We meet regularly to discuss each patient. You benefit from the expertise of multiple specialists working together to discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan.
- Supportive: We know receiving a cancer diagnosis is difficult. Once we make a diagnosis, we work together with your family to offer every means of support. An oncology social worker and a Navigation Team provide reassurance and logistical coordination. An After Hours Oncology Clinic offers rapid treatment for side effects or symptoms without having to go to an emergency room. You also benefit from access to our robust support services.
Cancer specialists have the expertise to get you the right diagnosis so you can begin treatment. Often, we diagnose uterine cancer through examining your uterine lining for abnormal cells.
Initial tests for uterine cancer include:
- Transvaginal ultrasound: We gently insert a rounded ultrasound probe into your vagina. It uses sound waves to create an image of your uterus and ovaries so we can look for any abnormal growths.
- Dilation and curettage (D & C): In this minor operation, we open the cervix so that we can scrape the cervical canal and uterine lining with a spoon-shaped instrument (curette) for a tissue sample. We then examine the tissue under a microscope for abnormal cells.
- In-office endometrial biopsy: This procedure involves removing a small amount of tissue to examine under a microscope for abnormal cells.
Once we have confirmed a diagnosis, a team of experts reviews your results and develops a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs. Treatment options include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and robotic surgery. Get more information about treating uterine cancer.
Call the AHN Cancer Help Line anytime at (412) NURSE-4-U (412) 687-7348 to schedule a cancer-related appointment or to just talk with our nurses about diagnoses, treatments, and side effects.