Uterine Cancer

Future Research

Doctors all over the country are conducting many types of clinical trials, research studies in which people take part voluntarily. Many clinical trials for uterine cancer treatment are under way. Research has already led to advances, and researchers continue to search for more effective approaches.

Patients who take part in uterine cancer treatment trials have the first chance to benefit from treatments that have shown promise in earlier research. They also make an important contribution to medical science by helping doctors learn more about the disease. Although clinical trials may pose some risks, researchers take many very careful steps to protect people who take part.

In a large clinical trial for uterine cancer with hundreds of participants, doctors are studying a less extensive method of surgery to remove the uterus. Normally, the doctor makes an incision in the abdomen to remove the uterus. In this study, doctors use a laparoscope (a lighted tube) to help remove the uterus through the vagina. Also, the doctor can use the laparoscope to help remove the ovaries and lymph nodes and to look into the abdomen for signs of cancer.

Uterine cancer treatment options vary. Other researchers are looking at the effectiveness of radiation therapy after surgery, as well as at the combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Other trials are studying new drugs, new drug combinations, and biological therapies. Some of these studies are designed to find ways to reduce the side effects of treatment and to improve the quality of women's lives. A woman who is interested in being part of a clinical trial for uterine cancer should talk with her doctor.

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