Understanding Endometrial Cancer


Endometrial cancer forms in the tissue lining (the endometrium) of the uterus, the small, hollow, pear-shaped organ in a woman’s pelvis in which a fetus develops.

The uterus has two main parts, the cervix (the lower end, which extends into the vagina) and the body. Although the cervix is technically a part of the uterus, most references to the uterus are about the body section of the uterus.

Most endometrial cancers are adenocarcinomas – cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids.

Review the important information you’ll find here about diagnosis, staging and treatment options, and then request an appointment by clicking the Request an Appointment button. Or write down your questions to review them with your cancer care team at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center. We provide individualized care that focuses on your individual situation.

For additional reading on endometrial cancer, visit the National Cancer Institute.

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