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Cancer of the Uterus

Alternate Names : Uterine Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Cancer of the Endometrium

Cancer of the Uterus | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the disease diagnosed?

A Pap smear is not intended to diagnose uterine cancer. This test is used to diagnose cancer of the cervix. However, Pap smears occasionally show changes in endometrial cells. If this occurs, a biopsy or dilatation and curettage, or D&C, will be done. This involves scraping the uterine wall to gather more cells from the lining of the uterus.

If advanced cancer is suspected, other tests may be done, such as the following:

  • a complete blood count to rule out anemia, which is a low red blood cell count
  • a test to make sure that cancer has not spread to the kidneys
  • ultrasound of the vagina
  • a chest X-ray to make sure that the cancer has not spread to the lungs
  • liver function tests to make sure that the cancer has not spread to the liver
  • bone scan to be sure that the cancer has not spread to the bones

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    Cancer of the Uterus: Prevention & Expectations

    Author: Eva Martin, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/13/01

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