Uterine sarcoma

Uterine sarcoma overview

If you have uterine sarcoma, your outcomes are likely to be better if a gynecologic oncologist treats you right from the beginning.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center has more gynecologic oncologists than any other medical center or clinic in the Pacific Northwest. They treat all types of gynecologic cancer, including uterine sarcoma, endometrial cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, vulvar cancer, and gestational trophoblastic disease.

Gynecologic oncologist A physician who has special training in diagnosing and treating cancers of the female reproductive organs.

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Why choose Fred Hutch?

The most important decision a person with cancer will make is deciding where to get treatment. Studies have shown that patients who begin their treatment at a top regional cancer center, like Fred Hutch, have better outcomes than those who start their treatment elsewhere. And here’s why.

  • Expert care
    Fred Hutch doctors treat only cancer and specialize in specific cancer types, such as gynecologic cancer. They have a deep understanding of their specialty because they diagnose and treat thousands of cancer cases every year. This experience makes better outcomes possible. Your care comes from the combined expertise of Fred Hutch and UW Medicine.
  • Newest treatments
    Our doctors have access to the latest developments in treating cancer. Fred Hutch was formed, in part, to bring promising new treatments to patients faster. This means more treatment options here than you might find elsewhere, like the chance to participate in clinical studies, also called clinical trials. Read a Newsweek article that explores the differences between getting treated at a top cancer center and a local community hospital. The difference in outcomes can be striking.
  • Follow-up care
    When your treatment is complete, we’ll keep close watch on your health with periodic follow-up visits. Many of our patients later go on to receive care through our Women’s Wellness Clinic, specially designed to provide follow-up care for women who are five years out from their primary treatment.
Clinical trial A type of research study that tests how well new medical approaches work in people. These studies test new methods of screening, prevention, diagnosis or treatment of a disease.

Facts

Most cancer in the uterus—more than 95 percent—starts in the endometrium. This is called endometrial cancer or endometrial carcinoma. (“Carcinoma” is the term for cancer that starts in one of the body’s linings or membranes.)

Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with uterine sarcoma and you have been referred to Fred Hutch for treatment, here are some of the treatment choices you may be offered. Remember, each woman’s cancer is different, as are her circumstances, preferences, and beliefs. A treatment that works well for another woman may not be right for you. Your team will explain your options and recommend a treatment plan that’s tailored to you.

Treatment plan A detailed plan with information about a patient’s disease, the goal of treatment, the treatment options for the disease and the possible side effects and expected length of treatment. A detailed plan with information about a patient’s disease, the goal of treatment, the treatment options for the disease and the possible side effects and expected length of treatment. A treatment plan may also include information about how much the treatment is likely to cost and about regular follow-up care after treatment ends.

Providers

At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes physicians, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.

Clinical trials

Fred Hutch was formed, in part, to bring promising new treatments to patients faster. For uterine sarcoma patients, this means more treatment options at Fred Hutch than you might find elsewhere, including the chance to participate in one of many ongoing clinical trials conducted at both Fred Hutch and UW Medicine.

Resources

There are many resources online for learning about your disease. Health educators at the Fred Hutch Patient and Family Resource Center have compiled a list of trusted sources to help you get started.