What are the symptoms?
Endometrial cancer and cancer of the womb are two different terms for the same condition, uterine cancer. It’s a common cancer affecting around one in a hundred women. Every year, nearly nine thousand women in the UK are diagnosed with the disease.
Unusual vaginal bleeding is the most common symptom of uterine cancer. Look out for:
- Any vaginal bleeding after the menopause.
- Abnormal or heavier vaginal bleeding before the menopause, this may include bleeding between periods.
- Vaginal discharge, which may be pink, dark or unpleasant smelling.
Cancers within the walls of the uterus, known as sarcomas, can be more aggressive and often present with different symptoms. These include:
- A lump or fullness in the lower abdomen.
- Change of bowel habit.
- Pressure on the bladder leading to needing to pass water more frequently.
The Department of Health advises that most women with gynaecological cancer should be managed by a sub-specialist team. This is backed up by the best evidence in medical literature, which shows that women with gynaecological cancer do better if managed by a gynaecological oncology accredited surgeon, compared to a general gynaecologist or a general surgeon.
The best treatment for your cancer will depend on the size, severity and extent of the disease. This can involve a Hysterectomy and non-surgical treatments such as Chemotherapy and both vaginal & perlvic Radiotherapy.
Mr Thomas Ind is an experienced and accredited gynaecological oncology surgeon. He leads a sensitive and supportive team of professionals. Together they will educate you about your illness, operate on your cancer, help you through your surgery, and ensure you make a safe recovery.
How can it be treated?
Ovarian cancer is a cancer that begins in the ovaries which are the egg releasing and hormone producing organs of the female reproductive system
Cervix cancer is a cancer where abnormal cells of the cervix reproduce uncontrollably to create tumours
Vulval cancer is when cancerous cells grow out of control on or in the vulva which is the outer area of the female genital tract