Endometrial Cancer

Leading-edge treatments for the most common gynecologic cancer

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Leading-edge treatments for the most common gynecologic cancer

Scripps is a leader in caring for women with endometrial cancer. The most common gynecologic cancer, endometrial cancer is usually treated by hysterectomy, or surgical removal of the uterus. Our oncology specialists treat endometrial cancer with advanced therapies designed to eliminate cancer and prevent recurrence, including minimally invasive surgery that uses small incisions, potentially resulting in shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery, and immunotherapy to harness the power of the body’s own immune system.

Our multidisciplinary, collaborative board of cancer specialists reviews every patient’s care plan to ensure you receive the best possible care from diagnosis to recovery.

About endometrial cancer

Endometrial cancer is also known as uterine cancer. The most common type of gynecologic cancer, it starts in the body of the uterus — specifically in the inner lining of the uterus, known as the endometrium. During a woman’s childbearing years, the endometrium thickens during pregnancy, and is shed during menstruation if a woman is not pregnant.

Endometrial cancer differs from cervical cancer, which starts in the cervix — the lower portion of the uterus — and then spreads to the body of the uterus.

Endometrial cancer is most common among women who have gone through menopause and primarily affects women age 55 and older.

Endometrial cancer symptoms, diagnosis and stages

In some cases, endometrial cancer symptoms may appear in the early stages of the disease. In other women, there may be no symptoms until the disease has advanced. As with most cancers, the sooner endometrial cancer is found, the more likely treatment will be successful. Learn more about symptoms, imaging and diagnostic testing, and the stages of endometrial cancer below.

Treatment and clinical trials

Scripps physicians, in combination with our world-class facilities and technology, are ready to help you fight endometrial cancer. We develop personalized treatment plans designed to eliminate cancer and keep it from coming back. Our specialists use the most advanced treatment options, including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgical procedures, and the most comprehensive and advanced radiation therapy choices in San Diego.

Endometrial cancer treatment locations

Scripps diagnoses and treats endometrial cancer at numerous locations throughout San Diego County. From Chula Vista and La Jolla to Encinitas and beyond, our extensive network of Southern California cancer care centers includes:

  • Four Scripps hospitals on five campuses
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Specialty cancer treatment centers

Visit cancer care locations for details of each cancer hospital, clinic and specialty center.

Support groups, services and resources

As leaders in endometrial cancer care, we know what it takes to fight a winning battle. That’s why we equip our patients with the support and resources necessary to achieve their best possible outcome. From connecting you with support groups and services to empowering you with the latest resources and research, Scripps offers a comprehensive lineup to help you along every step of your cancer journey.