Diseases and Conditions
Endometrial Cancer Patient Care at BMC
Introduction to Endometrial Cancer Patient Care at BMC
At Boston Medical Center (BMC), the care of patients with endometrial cancer is a collaborative, multidisciplinary process. Organizing our services around each patient, we bring together the expertise of diverse specialists to manage your care from your first consultation through treatment and follow-up visits.
In our highly supportive and collaborative environment, experts in endometrial cancer provide you with the most advanced, coordinated and comprehensive medical care available anywhere—treatment that is effective and innovative in curing and controlling cancer and managing its impact on your quality of life.
Endometrial cancer is a treatable disease. In our culture of innovation, collaboration and compassionate care, you will receive treatment from physicians who are nationally recognized leaders in the care of patients with all stages of endometrial cancer.
To schedule an appointment or refer a patient, call BMC Connect at 1.800.841.4325. Patients with a diagnosis or strong suspicion of cancer are given appointments within 72 hours.
Endometrial cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the uterus. The uterus is part of the female reproductive system. It is a hollow organ that extends in one direction towards the vagina and in the other direction towards the fallopian tubes and ovaries. It is the location where a fetus grows during pregnancy. The uterine wall has two layers: the endometrium and the myometrium. The endometrium is the inner lining of the uterus; this is where endometrial cancer begins. The myometrium is the outer muscle layer of the uterine wall.
Most of the cancers that begin in the uterus begin in the cells that form the glands in the endometrium. Cancers may also begin in other cells found within the endometrium or myometrium, but these types of cancers are less common.
The most common symptoms of endometrial cancer include:
If you have concerns about any symptoms you may be experiencing, please consult your physician immediately.
Although the exact causes of most cases of endometrial cancer remain unknown, certain risk factors connected to the disease have been identified. Risk factors are things that increase an individual's chances of developing cancer, but they are not direct causes of the disease. While risk factors may be useful in identifying high-risk individuals, they do not determine whether a person develops a disease. Some risk factors, such as diet, are within our control, while others, such as age, are not.
Some of the risk factors for endometrial cancer include:
At this point in time, there are no screening procedures in place to detect endometrial cancer. However, patients with a strong family history of endometrial or colon cancer may be eligible for genetic counseling. For more information, please visit Genetic Counseling, or talk to your doctor to request a referral.