Cancer Care

Complete cancer care for uterine sarcoma

Uterine sarcoma is a cancer that develops in the muscle and supporting tissue of your uterus. It’s very rare, accounting for less than 1 percent of gynecological cancers and less than 5 percent of all uterine cancers. Uterine sarcoma isn’t the same as endometrial cancer, which is the most common gynecological cancer.

While the cause of cancer isn’t fully understood, we do know certain risk factors. Prior pelvic radiation therapy plays a role in up to 25 percent of uterine sarcoma cases. Other possible risk factors include African-American race, retinoblastoma (RB) due to an abnormal RB gene, and tamoxifen (Nolvadex) treatment for breast cancer.

Like any cancer, uterine sarcoma can interrupt your plans and prevent you from doing what you love. That’s why the experts at Goshen Center for Cancer Care strive to maintain your highest possible quality of life as you undergo treatment.

Are you looking for a second opinion or next steps after a diagnosis? Request an appointment or call (888) 492-4673 (HOPE) to talk with our oncology information specialists about how we treat uterine sarcoma in Goshen, IN.

Uterine sarcoma symptoms

Abnormal vaginal bleeding is the most common symptom of uterine sarcoma, including bleeding or spotting between periods or after menopause. About 85 percent of women have abnormal bleeding at the time of diagnosis.

Other signs of uterine sarcoma include:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Frequent urination
  • Mass that can be felt in the vagina or abdomen
  • Pelvic pain or a feeling of fullness in the abdomen

Understanding your uterine sarcoma treatment options

The main treatment for uterine sarcoma is surgery to remove the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. Advanced stages of uterine sarcoma may also require surgery to remove nearby organs, such as the bladder or rectum. Your doctor may also recommend radiation therapy with or without chemotherapy after surgery. Hormone therapy is also an option for some uterine sarcomas.

At Goshen Center for Cancer Care, our team includes a gynecological oncologist who is highly experienced in complex surgeries. Our other experts include naturopathic doctors and mind-body counselors who make sure your whole self is cared for – not just your cancer.

Ask us about our navigation program and survivor network to understand the ways we provide complete support before, during and after uterine sarcoma treatment. Call (888) 492-4673 (HOPE) .

Goshen Center for Cancer Care serves women throughout Warsaw, Fort Wayne, South Bend and surrounding areas with comprehensive care for uterine sarcoma in Goshen, IN.