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Overview of approach to endometrial cancer survivors

Linda R Duska, MD
Section Editor
Larissa Nekhlyudov, MD, MPH
Deputy Editors
Sadhna R Vora, MD
Sandy J Falk, MD, FACOG


Endometrial cancer is the most common of the gynecologic cancers. Almost 3 percent of women born in the United States (US) will be diagnosed with uterine cancer during their lifetime, based on 2012 to 2014 data [1]. This represents an increase in the incidence of uterine cancer in the US over the years 2006 to 2010 [2], which is likely due to women living longer and the increasing rates of obesity in the US.

Fortunately, most women with endometrial cancer will survive their initial diagnosis, making this the largest group of survivors who had a gynecologic malignancy [3]. For example, in the US there were an estimated 710,228 survivors with a history of uterine cancer in 2014 [1], which is estimated to climb to over 750,000 survivors by 2024 [4]. Unfortunately, there is a lack of clear evidence for what constitutes best practices in caring for patients with a history of endometrial cancer. Recommendations for posttreatment surveillance after primary therapy of endometrial cancer will be reviewed here.

For purposes of this discussion, we will address survivorship as it pertains to patients who have completed initial treatment for endometrial cancer and who are without evidence of disease.

The treatment of patients with endometrial cancer is discussed separately.

(See "Overview of endometrial carcinoma".)

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