The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Cancer Centre

Womb cancer

Cancer of the womb (also called uterine cancer and endometrial cancer) is more common in women who have been through the menopause and most cases are diagnosed in women aged over 50.

Abnormal bleeding is the most common symptom. If someone has been through the menopause any vaginal bleeding is considered to be abnormal. If someone has not been  through the menopause, unusual bleeding may include bleeding between periods or bleeding sex.

The most common treatment is an operation to remove the womb (hysterectomy). It often includes the removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Surgery could be keyhole for an early cancer or open surgery with either a midline incision.

A hysterectomy can cure womb cancer in its early stages with pregnancy no longer possible. For more advanced cancers, radiotherapy or chemotherapy can also be used as well as surgery.

A type of hormone treatment can sometimes be used pre-menopause and would still like children. This treatment is only for women with an early stage cancer.

You can read more information in the leaflet: Surgery for Endometrial Cancer