Uterine or endometrial cancer will affect over 54,000 new women this year, and over 10,000 women will succumb to this disease. Cancer starts when cells in the body fail to die and start to grow out of control, beyond their normal life expectancy. The most common cancers in the uterus occur in the endometrial lining of the uterine cavity. These women usually come to the doctor with abnormal bleeding so the cancers (68%) tend to be diagnosed in early stages. Cancers that are found at an earlier stage are more easily cured.
Uterine sarcomas are much less common (about 5% of all uterine cancer), and are more aggressive malignancies that form in the muscle or in the supporting structures of the uterus.
Uterine cancers are staged and treated surgically, usually with a hysterectomy and removal of the tubes and ovaries and sometimes lymph nodes as well. The surgery and/or preoperative staging determines if other treatment is necessary. For early stage I cancer, surgery with hysterectomy is usually sufficient. Patients with more advanced cancer may need additional treatment including radiation hormones and/or chemotherapy, depending on the patient an extent of disease.
Dr. Talya Schwarzberg received her Medical Oncology and Hematology training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and her Internal Medicine training at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Schwarzberg is currently seeing patients with all types of cancer, with a focus on breast and ovarian cancers. Click here to learn more about Dr. Talya Schwarzberg.
Emily Mattingly earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida and became a Registered Nurse in 2009. After graduating from UF she returned home to Martin County, where she was born and raised, and began working on the oncology-medical floor at Jupiter Medical Center. Click here to learn more about Emily Mattingly.