Womb cancer

If you have womb cancer, or are concerned by symptoms you’re having, HCA UK has the expertise and facilities to help.

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The womb (or uterus) is part of a woman’s reproductive system. Cancer of the womb usually starts in the cells that form the womb lining, called the endometrium. It mostly affects women after the menopause.

Need to know

The most common symptom is abnormal vaginal bleeding. This may be:

  • heavier periods than normal
  • bleeding between your periods
  • bleeding even though you’ve been through the menopause
  • unusual vaginal discharge

You may also experience abdominal pain or discomfort during sex.

  • Less common symptoms include:
  • pain or discomfort in your back, legs or pelvis
  • blood in your urine
  • loss of appetite
  • unexplained tiredness
  • nausea

If you have abnormal bleeding, or any other symptoms, then it’s important to see your GP or consultant.

Tests to help diagnosis include:

  • Pelvic examination. Internal examination to check your womb.
  • Blood tests. To check your general health and organ function.
  • CT scan, MRI scan, or chest X-ray to give detailed imaging of your body.
  • Transvaginal ultrasound. A scan through your vagina to show check your womb and lining, and pelvic area.
  • Hysteroscopy and biopsy. A thin telescope is inserted into your womb through your vagina to look at the lining and take a biopsy.
  • Aspiration biopsy. A long, thin tube is inserted into your womb through your vagina and gentle suction draws cells for testing.

The main treatments for womb cancer are:

  • surgery
  • radiotherapy
  • chemotherapy
  • hormone therapy

Most women have surgery for womb cancer. A hysterectomy is undertaken to remove the womb, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Depending on your stage and grade of cancer, you may then have radiotherapy or chemotherapy drug treatment to destroy cancer cells.

For women who are of child bearing age, some circumstances may allow the use of hormone therapy to treat the cancer instead of surgery.

For women with advanced womb cancer, who cannot have surgery, a combination of radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy are used to help control the cancer.

Our Womb cancer locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
University College Hospital Private Care

University College Hospital Private Care

Grafton Way Building, 1 Grafton Way WC1E 6AG London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
Private Care at Guy's

Private Care at Guy's

London Bridge Hospital Private Care at Guy's SE1 9RT London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.