The uterus is also known as the womb, where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant. It has three sections:
- Cervix (the narrow, lower section)
- Corpus (the broad, middle section)
- Fundus (the dome-shaped, top section)
Uterine cancer occurs when abnormal malignant cells form in the uterus. Uterine cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer in postmenopausal women and is highly curable when diagnosed early.
Types of Uterine Cancer:
The most common type of uterine cancer. It occurs in the inner lining of the uterus, called the endometrium. Women between the ages of 50 and 65 are most affected. Women are more likely to develop endometrial cancer when they have high levels of estrogen that are not offset by progesterone
This type of cancer is rare, accounting for only 2% to 4% of all cancers of the uterus. It develops in the uterine muscle, the myometrium. While its cause is unknown, it occurs most often in middle-aged and elderly women. Those who have undergone pelvic radiation in treatment of other cancers may be more likely to develop this cancer
Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program
The Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program offers a range of diagnostic procedures, advanced treatment options, and personalized support services for women with suspected or diagnosed uterine cancer.
Each patient receives an individualized treatment plan based on the stage of the ovarian cancer as well as their age, health and personal choices. Patients may obtain an outpatient second opinion with a Fox Chase Cancer Center oncologist who comes to Virtua to meet with the patient and family.
Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program's interdisciplinary care teams are staffed by oncology experts including board-certified medical oncologists and gynecologic oncologists. Oncology certified and advanced practice nurses provide education, and support to patients and their families.
Interdisciplinary care teams may also include: