Endometrial cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the endometrium, the inner layer of cells that form the lining of the uterus, or womb. The uterus is a hollow organ where a fetus grows and develops during pregnancy. Nearly all cancers of the uterus start in the endometrium, called endometrial carcinomas. There are different types of endometrial cancer, and increased levels of estrogen may play a role in their development. Endometrial cancer usually produces abnormal vaginal bleeding. If it is discovered early enough, endometrial cancer often can be cured by surgically removing the uterus.
At the UAB Medicine Women’s Cancer Program, you receive care in the most advanced facilities from board-certified gynecologic oncologists trained in surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Our experts design customized treatment plans for each patient’s individual needs and use the latest technology to screen for and treat all types of women’s reproductive cancers.
Mindful of the stress that comes with a potential cancer diagnosis, we are committed to rapid evaluation of suspected gynecologic malignancies. We pledge to see you within 72 hours of being called and commit to implementing a surgical and treatment plan within a week after that initial visit.
Your physicians at UAB Medicine are national and international leaders in gynecologic cancer and treat more gynecologic cancer patients in Alabama than any other group. Our modern clinical facilities include an embedded chemo-infusion unit. You will have access to the full range of the latest minimally invasive and open surgical techniques, including robotic surgery and complex radical surgery.
UAB Medicine is nationally renowned for our care of patients with women’s cancers. We have been recognized as one of the leading gynecologic oncology research divisions in the world and were one of five institutions to be awarded a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in ovarian cancer by the NIH. We currently partner with Johns Hopkins University in a cervical cancer SPORE. We are dedicated to improving treatments and ultimately finding a cure for these cancers.
Our physicians have access to a large portfolio of clinical trials, which gives many patients the opportunity to receive pioneering treatments not available at other medical centers. Through our Gynecologic Cancer Risk Assessment clinic, we also offer comprehensive risk assessments and prevention strategies for breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer, arming women with knowledge to make informed decisions about their cancer risk and care.
UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for endometrial cancer. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.View Clinical Trials