Donate to Endometrial Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education
Endometrial cancer— the most prevalent type of gynecologic cancer— starts inside the mucous membrane that lines the uterus: the endometrium. Endometrial cancer destroys this tissue and, ultimately, can spread outside the uterus, to other organs. As cancer spreads, or metastasizes, treating this disease becomes far more challenging. By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help physicians and scientists at Northwestern Medicine to continue to make strides in the early detection and effective treatment of endometrial cancer.
Although the cause of this cancer is unknown, some risk factors have been identified, including:
- Age 50 or older
- Previous diagnosis of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or endometrial hyperplasia
- Exercise and diet
- Use of an intrauterine device (IUD)
- Pregnancy, obesity, ovarian tumors, polycystic ovarian syndrome or estrogen after menopause
- Endometrial cancer in family history
Physicians at Northwestern Medicine are continuously seeking the most effective ways to diagnose patients with endometrial cancer. After providing a health history and undergoing a physical exam, a patient may be referred to a gynecologist or a gynecologic oncologist for a diagnosis. Diagnostic tests may include trans-vaginal ultrasound, endometrial biopsy or dilation and curettage (D&C).
Oncologists use the term “staging” to define the location of cancer and how much it has spread. There are five numbered stages, depending on how aggressively cancer has spread. Once the stage of a woman’s endometrial cancer has been determined, her physician(s) work to develop the most promising, most personalized treatment plan possible. Current methods of treatment for endometrial cancer include:
- Surgery: A hysterectomy may be performed to remove the uterus and cervix, and sometimes the ovaries and Fallopian tubes
- Radiation therapy: Cancer cells are destroyed with high-energy X-rays
- Chemotherapy: Powerful medicines attack rapidly growing cells
- Hormone therapy: Medicines are used to stop hormones from helping cancer cells to grow; this type of therapy is often recommended for women who cannot undergo surgery or radiation
Endometrial Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education Donation
By donating to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help ensure patients with endometrial cancer continue to receive the most current, most effective treatments, delivered by the best physicians, at Northwestern Medicine. Your gift also will allow our scientists and physicians to provide patients with access to leading-edge clinical trials. Through your generosity, you can help Northwestern Medicine fight–and, ideally, one day conquer–endometrial cancer.