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Current Focus of Uterine Cancer Research

In a large trial with hundreds of women, doctors are studying the effectiveness of a less extensive method of uterine cancer surgery. In this study, doctors use a laparoscope (a lighted tube) to help remove the uterus through the vagina (laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy). The doctor can also use the laparoscope to help remove the ovaries and lymph nodes and to look into the abdomen for signs of cancer.
(Click Uterine Cancer Surgery for more information about the different surgeries that can be used to treat uterine cancer.)
Other uterine cancer research scientists are studying:
  • The effectiveness of administering radiation therapy after uterine cancer surgery, as well as the combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
  • 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.
  • Different tests that may be used for uterine cancer screening. Tests being studied include a Pap test, a transvaginal ultrasound, and an endometrial sampling (see Uterine Cancer Screening).

Uterine Cancer Research: Potential Benefits of Participation

In order for uterine cancer research to be conducted, volunteers are needed. Patients who join uterine cancer research studies will have the first chance to benefit from treatments that have shown promise in earlier research. Patients who volunteer will also make an important contribution to medical science by helping doctors learn more about uterine cancer. Although uterine cancer research trials may pose some risks, researchers take careful steps to protect their patients.
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