Uterine Cancer

David Martin, MD -  - Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology

Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists

David Martin, MD

Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology & Gynecologic Oncologist located in Knoxville, TN

Almost 62,000 cases of uterine cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year, making it the most common reproductive cancer. The good news when it comes to uterine cancer is that through early detection and treatment, it can often be cured. At Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists, David Martin, MD, and his team have extensive experience providing women in and around Knoxville, Tennessee, with the resources they need to fight back against uterine cancer. To learn more, call today or fill out the online form to schedule an appointment.

Uterine Cancer Q & A

What are the different types of uterine cancer?

There are two main types of uterine cancer, including:

Endometrial cancer

This form of the disease is by far the more common, accounting for 90% of uterine cancers. The cancer develops in the lining of your uterus, called the endometrium.

Uterine sarcoma

This type of uterine cancer is far less common, which is good news given the aggressive nature of the disease. The cancer forms in the muscles in your uterus, as well as in surrounding supportive soft tissue.

What are the symptoms of uterine cancer?

The signs of uterine cancer are often hard to ignore, and include:

  • Pain in your pelvis
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Irregular bleeding, including between periods
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge

These symptoms are shared with other uterine conditions, such as endometriosis, which is why you should seek the expert counsel of Dr. Martin when you first experience any symptoms.

How is uterine cancer diagnosed?

If Dr. Martin has ruled out other causes of your symptoms, he turns to several techniques to diagnose the presence of cancer, including:

  • A pelvic exam
  • Transvaginal ultrasound
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Biopsy

If these diagnostics are inconclusive, Dr. Martin may recommend laparoscopic surgery for a closer look.

How is uterine cancer treated?

In most cases, Dr. Martin recommends surgical removal of your uterus, called a hysterectomy. He performs this procedure laparoscopically, using robotic technology wherever possible to minimize your surgical risks and damage. In addition to your uterus, Dr. Martin may also recommend removing your fallopian tubes and ovaries to make sure the cancer is eradicated.

During this procedure, Dr. Martin also performs a sentinel node biopsy, a procedure in which he laparoscopically removes the lymph node that’s most likely to first receive cancerous cells if your disease is beginning to spread. As one of the first adopters of this diagnostic technique in the Knoxville area, Dr. Martin is able to gain a clearer picture of the behavior of your cancer to determine whether you need subsequent treatment.

If your cancer has spread, it’s likely you’ll need one or more of the following treatments to tackle the disease:

  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy

To explore your diagnosis and treatment options for uterine cancer, call Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists or use the online scheduling tool.