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What is endometrial cancer?

Endometrial cancer, also known as uterine cancer, begins in the uterus, which is the pelvic organ where fetal development occurs. It is the most common gynaecological cancer in Singaporean women, and starts in the layer of cells in the inner lining (endometrium) of the uterus. Such changes typically occur in the late 40s, and are commonly diagnosed in women in their 50s and 60s.

Some signs and symptoms of endometrial cancer include:

    1. Vaginal bleeding following menopause
    2. Bleeding in between periods
    3. Pink or white, watery vaginal discharge
    4. Pelvic pain
    5. Pain during sexual intercourse
    6. Difficult or painful urination

Causes

While the causes of endometrial cancer are not specifically known, doctors theorise that the interaction of estrogen and progesterone receptors on the surfaces of cells can lead to increased growth of the endometrium which eventually develops into cancer. In addition, certain risk factors can also predispose women to developing this cancer.

Risk Factors

Risk factors of endometrial cancer include:

  • Obesity
  • Age
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Early menstruation or late menopause
  • Undergoing hormone therapy
  • Never having been pregnant

What is Radiation Therapy?

Prostate cancer radiation treatment is an option recommended for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer. It uses high-energy X-rays generated from a radiation therapy machine called a LINAC to destroy cancer cells. Prostate cancer radiation treatment has long been used to kill tumours without the need for surgical operations. It inhibits cancer cells from multiplying by delivering ionising radiation to destroy cancer cells, whilst minimising radiation damage to normal tissues. When these cancer cells die, the body naturally eliminates them. Healthy normal tissues are then able to repair themselves in a way that cancer cells cannot, leading to a much higher proportion of tumour cell death compared to normal cells.

Prevention

The good news about endometrial cancer is that approximately 70% of cancers are diagnosed at the earliest stages of development, due to the noticeable symptoms of bleeding from the endometrial lining, allowing for prompt and effective treatment. Other ways to help prevent endometrial cancer include regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and consulting your doctor on usage of birth control pills or hormone therapy.

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Treatments

Surgery

A hysterectomy may be conducted for the surgical removal of the uterus, cervix, or other nearby tissue such as ovaries, fallopian tubes, and local lymph nodes.

Radiation therapy

EBRT and brachytherapy are the most common ways to treat endometrial cancer, using radiation to destroy cancerous cells.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is often given after surgery to facilitate the effective destruction of cancer cells, and can be intravenous or swallowed.

Hormone therapy

Hormone therapy can be used to slow the growth of certain types of endometrial cancers, chiefly utilising the sex hormone progesterone.

"I guarantee my very best expertise delivered with compassion and dignity as we journey TOGETHER to BEAT this dreaded illness."

- Dr Johann Tang

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