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Understanding the Goals of Treatment for Uterine Cancer

Treatments for uterine cancer can be divided into two groups.

  • Curative treatments. These treatments kill or remove cancer cells. Even cells that have spread are killed or removed. They may cure the cancer. For small cancers, surgery alone is often curative. For more advanced cancers, a combination of treatments to include surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy may be employed in an effort to cure the cancer. 

  • Palliative treatments. These treatments slow down the growth of cancer and treat symptoms. They don’t cure the cancer, but they can help you live longer and with a better quality of life.

Before you have a treatment, ask your doctor what its goal is.