Often, we can treat uterine cancer using chemotherapy, robotic surgery, or radiation therapy. Our goal is to treat the cancer in the most minimally invasive, effective way possible.
Treatment options for uterine cancer include:
- Chemotherapy: These medicines directly kill cancer cells, much like antibiotics kill bacteria. Because these medicines can damage normal cells, side effects can occur. They might include hair loss, nausea, or lowered blood counts. Fortunately, the body’s normal cells are more resilient and recover much better than cancer cells, so the side effects are usually temporary. We monitor you carefully and calculate your dose of chemotherapy to maximize effectiveness and minimize side effects. Our oncology social workers and Navigation Team are available to answer questions and provide support.
- Robotic surgery: Sometimes, we may need to perform a hysterectomy, or surgery to remove the uterus. We use a sophisticated robotic surgical system that enables surgeons to make delicate incisions and access hard-to-reach areas. It is less invasive than traditional surgery, resulting in a quicker recovery time.
- Radiation therapy: Our radiation oncology specialists are specifically trained in gynecology, so they’re adept at treating uterine cancer powerfully and efficiently. Our radiation oncology network is the only one in western Pennsylvania accredited by both the American Society for Radiation Oncology and American College of Radiology. These accreditations mean that the Cancer Institute meets specific guidelines for patient safety, quality control, and efficiency of equipment.
- Clinical trials: Our oncology team meets monthly to discuss the newest clinical trials, ensuring you have access to the latest treatment options.