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Uterine cancer treatment in India

Uterine cancer treatment in India with cutting-edge technologies with highest success rates.

Uterine Cancer or Endometrial Cancer is the sixth most common gynecological cancer and 15th most common cancer worldwide with 380,000 women diagnosed in 2018. 

Detection of cancer itself is a matter of great concern. However, with the advancement of technologies both in detection and treatment, the survival rates are also increasing. 

Let me introduce you, one of our patients Lynn from Kampala, Uganda.

Lynn was diagnosed with Uterine cancer at the age of 32, which is not a usual age for uterine cancer. She had a family history of cancers and thus was certain that she can have any type of cancer.

Her dad and uncle had cancers two times, her first cousin had a second bout of throat cancer, three cousins had breast cancer and her aunt had uterine cancer. So, because of her family history, she was anticipating something.

Two years back, she had the first pain of her life in her stomach. She ignored it in the first place and after a few days, she felt nauseous, but she thought it was stress for a new job. 

She had abnormal bleeding during her periods. The bleeding was that nonstop that she had to visit the nearby gynecologist. The doctor helped her to stop bleeding. The doctor also asked her to come next week for a follow-up.

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She went to see the gynecologist next week. The doctor did a Curettage [C] and Dilation[D] procedure to scrape and collect tissues from inside the uterus.

Dilation is widening of the cervix to let instruments into the uterus and curettage is the scraping of the walls of the uterus. The doctor sent the tissues for biopsy. The Biopsy report turned out to be uterine cancer, so her doctor suggested she consult an oncologist. 

Lynn and his family members were shocked by the news of cancer. Lynn’s father James supported Lynn and wanted the best treatment for her daughter. Lynn’s father has very good contact in India and he often visits India for business purposes and contacted MedicoExperts. 

James forwarded Lynn’s reports to MedicoExperts for the treatment. MedicoExperts arranged video consultation with the oncologist. James and Lynn’s cleared all their doubts regarding the treatment and after 15 days came to India for the treatment.

After being admitted to the hospital evaluation test was performed to check the current condition of cancer. As per the reports, the oncologist decided to operate first and later decide on whether to go for chemo or radiation.

They found out that it was a rare case of uterine cancer called “clear cell sarcoma”. This type of cancer arises in the muscle of the uterus and usually occurs after menopause.

The laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery was performed to remove the uterus. Post Surgery, the oncologist recommended a few cycles of Chemotherapy and Targeted therapy to her.

A reevaluation test was conducted after the completion of treatment. She was found cancer-free. 

From her experience, she started guiding other women to listen to their bodies – it does tell you things. It’s all about knowing yourself, once you know, you can fight it.  She is also spreading awareness about uterine cancer and how to prevent it. 

This could be your success story against uterine cancer.

Before understanding the available treatment options that will help you to make better decisions and prevent yourself from the disease let’s, get started with what uterine cancer is.

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What is Uterine Cancer?

Uterine cancer or endometrial cancer starts when cells in the inner lining of the uterus called endometrium to start to grow out of control. It is often detected at an early age since it produces abnormal vaginal bleeding.

According to the National Cancer Institute, 3 in 100 women are diagnosed with uterine cancer at some point in their lives. 

Hence early detection is the key to preventing it.

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What are the different types of Uterine Cancer?

I. Endometrioid adenocarcinoma:

It is the most common form of uterine cancer which takes up to 80% of all uterine cancers that are formed in the endometrium glands.

II. Uterine papillary serous carcinoma:

It is a rare and more aggressive form of uterine that forms in the lining of the uterus and tends to return even when diagnosed early.

III. Uterine clear cell carcinoma:

It is seen in 5% of cases and tends to be a rare form of uterine cancer.

IV. Uterine carcinosarcoma:

It is another rare case that makes up to 5% of cases.

V. Uterine sarcoma:

It develops in the muscle wall of the uterus called the myometrium and it is found to be more aggressive than any other type of uterine cancer.

What are the Different Stages of Uterine Cancer?

The cancer is found in the uterus and does not spread to other parts of the body.

  • Stage IA – The cancer is found only in the endometrium or less than half of the myometrium.
  • Stage IB – Cancer has spread to more than one-half of the myometrium.

The tumor has scattered to the cervical stroma from the uterus but not to other parts of the body.

The tumor has spread beyond the uterus but is still in the pelvic area.

  • Stage IIIA – Cancer has scattered to the serosa in the uterus and the tissue of the fallopian tubes and ovaries.
  • Stage IIIB – Cancer has scattered to the vagina
  • Stage IIIC1 – The tumor has spread to regional pelvic lymph nodes.
  • Stage IIIC2 – The tumor has spread to para-aortic lymph nodes with or without the spread to regional pelvic lymph nodes.

The tumor has spread to the rectum, bladder, and/or to distant organs.

  • Stage IVA – The tumor has spread to the mucosa of the rectum or bladder
  • Stage IVB – The tumor has scattered to lymph nodes in the groin area and has spread to distant organs such as bone or lungs.

Sign and Symptoms of Uterine Cancer

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge
  • Painful urination
  • Enlarged uterus
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Weight loss
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Pelvic pain
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What Causes Uterine Cancer?

  • Reaching menopause after age 55
  • A thickened wall lining
  • Never having a children
  • Starting periods before age 12
  • High blood pressure or diabetes
  • Being overweight
  • Family history of uterine cancer
  • Previous radiation therapy in the pelvis

How to diagnose Uterine Cancer?

The doctor might check for swelling in the abdomen.

In this ultrasound, the transducer is moved over the skin in the lower part of the abdomen to get pictures of the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.

In this ultrasound, the transducer is put into the vagina to see if the uterus contains a tumor or if the endometrium is thicker than usual.

In this test, a small amount of tissue is removed for examination under a microscope. Though other tests can also suggest if the cancer is present, a biopsy is the only definite diagnosis.

In this process, a sample from the uterus is removed to check for cancer cells, endometrial hyperplasia, and other conditions.

It takes pictures inside the body using x-rays from different angles that show any abnormalities or tumors.

It uses magnetic fields to produce complete images of the body. It is often used in women with low-grade uterine cancer to see how far cancer has grown into the uterus wall.

In this procedure, the doctor puts a telescope into the uterus through the cervix to get a better view of the inside lining of the uterus. During the procedure, tissue can also be removed (biopsy) and sent for testing.

Uterine Cancer Treatment in India

Treatment for uterine cancer is usually with surgery to remove the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Another option is to use high-energy radiation therapy. Chemotherapy with powerful drugs and hormone therapy to block hormones that cancer cells rely on are two drug treatments for endometrial cancer. Targeted therapy, which uses drugs to target specific weaknesses in cancer cells, and immunotherapy, which helps your immune system fight cancer, are two other options.

It is the most common and the first treatment used for uterine cancer where tumors and some surrounding healthy tissues are removed. Before the surgery, talk with your doctor about any possible side effects. There are two types of surgery for uterine cancer that include:

  • Hysterectomy – This is the most common surgical procedure to treat uterine cancer. Depending on the level of cancer, the surgeon will perform either a simple or radical hysterectomy. In simple hysterectomy, removal of uterus and cervix is performed whereas, in radical hysterectomy, removal of cervix, uterus, the upper part of the vagina, and nearby tissues is performed. Regular screening and testing are recommended to check for cancer return.
  • Removal of lymph node – During a hysterectomy, the surgeon can remove lymph nodes near the tumor to determine if cancer has spread beyond the uterus or not. This may be done through lymph node biopsy or lymphadenectomy in which a group of lymph nodes is removed. 

Side effects after surgery may include pain, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, and bowel movements. After surgery, women’s diet may be restricted to liquids followed by a steady return to other foods.

In this therapy, x-rays are used to kill the cancerous cells. It is either given externally where radiation is directed at cancer and surrounding tissue, or from inside the body, where radioactive material is put in the thin tubes and placed near the cancer cells. It usually consists of a specific number of treatments given for a particular period.

Some women need both surgery and radiation therapy. Radiation therapy is most often given after surgery to destroy the remaining cancer cells. It is occasionally given prior to surgery to shrink the tumor. Radiation therapy is recommended to a few women if they cannot undergo surgery. 

For some women, radiation therapy is the best option to prevent the return of cancer. These include those with grade 3 cancers. It can also be considered for women with grade 1 or 2 depending on the age and whether cancer has spread to the blood or lymphatic vessels.

Side effects will depend upon the extent of radiation given and may include fatigue, mild skin reactions, stomach upset, bowel movements. Though the side effects will go away after the treatment is over.

This therapy is used to slow the growth of specific types of uterine cells. It usually involves the use of a high dose of the sex hormone progesterone in the form of a pill. This helps to shrink some cancers or control some symptoms. It can also be used for women who cannot have surgery or radiation therapy. It can also be used in combination with other types of treatment.

Side effects of hormone therapy may include fluid retention, insomnia, increase in appetite, and weight gain. Talk with your doctor about the side effects and how to prevent them.

It is a type of therapy where the drug is injected into a vein to control cancer and relieve symptoms. It usually consists of a specific number of cycles given for a particular period. The goal of chemotherapy is to destroy cancers that are left after surgery or to shrink cancer and slow the growth of the tumor if it recurs.

Side effects of chemotherapy depend on the individual, and the type of chemotherapy done. They include fatigue, infection, nausea, vomiting, hair loss, loss of appetite, and diarrhea. These side effects go away once the treatment is done. 

Other potential side effects of chemotherapy are the inability to become pregnant and experiencing early menopause. Some drugs may cause hearing loss and kidney damage. Hence patients can be given extra fluid to protect their kidneys. Talk with your doctor about the side effects and how they can be prevented.

It is also called biologic therapy which is intended to boost natural defense to fight against cancer. It uses materials to restore immune system function. Different types of immunotherapies cause different side effects that include skin reactions, diarrhea, and weight changes. Talk with your doctor about possible side effects and see how to prevent or manage them.

Target therapy is a type of treatment where specific genes, proteins, or tissues are treated that contributes to cancer growth and survival. This treatment prevents the growth of cancerous cells and restricts the damage to healthy cells. Not all tumors have the same target for treatment.

Hence doctors, run tests to identify the genes, proteins, and other factors in the tumor to better match each patient with the effective treatment. There can be different side effects for each treatment, hence talk to your doctor and prevent or manage it.

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What are the common approaches of doctors to treat different stages of uterine cancer?

Once your doctor confirms the presence of cancerous cells in your uterus, your doctor may prescribe you some medication to slow down the progression of the cancer. 

Also, before starting with the treatment your doctor may ask you to undergo a few tests to understand about the location and extent of the spread of cancer in the uterus. 

Based on the spread of cancer, your doctor will choose the best treatment suitable for you. The different treatment approaches for different stages of uterine cancer treatment are:

Generally, during the early stage of uterine cancer, the cancer is localised and has not spread anywhere else in the body. Thus, to avoid further growth and spread of cancer cells, your doctor may suggest surgical removal of cancer. 

Generally, your surgeon may either use laparoscopic technique or robotic surgery to remove the cancer cells from your uterus.

During stage 2 uterine cancer, there is a high probability for the cancer to spread to neighboring structures in the pelvis.

Generally, doctors use surgical intervention followed by radiation therapy to treat stage 2 uterine cancer. After the surgery sometimes your doctor may couple chemotherapy with radiation therapy to prevent relapse of cancer.

The treatment for stage 3 uterine cancer is similar to stage 2 uterine cancer. Based on the spread and severity of the cancer your doctor may advise you on radiotherapy or chemotherapy or sometimes both to eliminate cancer cells after surgical removal of cancer.

Sometimes based on the severity of symptoms, your doctor may advise you on additional treatment.

During the 4th stage of uterine cancer, the cancerous cells begin to spread to other parts of the body, thereby, making it difficult for doctors to check cancer growth. 

Typically, doctors administer chemotherapy to shrink cancer, followed by surgery. 

Once the cancer cells are removed surgically your doctor will advise you on a combination of chemotherapy with radiation therapy followed by hormone therapy.

Alternatively, your doctor may consider immunotherapy and targeted drug treatment in women in whom the doctors find it difficult to eliminate cancer cells.

Which country is best for uterine cancer treatment?

Living with uterine cancer is overwhelming and stressful. While we all look for the best treatment options to reverse this condition,  consider a country that offers world-class treatment at an affordable price. 

Here are a few tips which can help you select the best country for uterine cancer treatment:

  • Check that the country you choose has modern health care facilities and other advanced technologies for the treatment.
  • Confirm the success rate of uterine cancer treatment in that country
  • Survival ratios of the people who underwent uterine cancer treatment in that country
  • Lastly, check the cost of treatment, and stay in that country

While checking the criteria for selecting a country for treatment you must also consider logistic factors like easy availability of connecting flights, transportation and safety of the chosen country.

Usually, people consider western nations for their treatment. But the price of getting treated in those countries might be a bit too high.

If you are looking for a country that offers world-class treatment at an affordable price you can consider India. 

India has emerged as one of the leading countries that provide the best healthcare facilities with high success and survival ratios at an affordable price.

The availability of world-class treatment and the dedicated post-care facility has attracted many women to India to get their uterine cancer treatment done in India at an affordable price which is almost half of what it would have cost you in western countries.

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How to choose the best hospital for uterine cancer treatment in India?

Selecting a hospital for uterine cancer treatment can be a bit difficult. When selecting a hospital for uterine cancer treatment, you must ensure that the hospital you have chosen is equipped with the latest cancer treatment technologies and has a multidisciplinary approach.

The multidisciplinary approach helps you get access to specialists surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and well-trained nurses who work together to provide you with the best treatment.

Moreover, you should ensure that the hospital you have selected has a dedicated unit for cancer treatment with a well-trained post-care team that ensures high success and survival rate.

How to choose the best oncologist for your uterine cancer treatment in India?

Choosing an oncologist to treat your uterine cancer is a big decision for you to make. Here are a few tips that can help you select the best doctor for you:

  • Confirm that your doctor is board-certified 
  • Ensure that your doctors has adequate experience and expertise in treating uterine cancer
  • Enquire if your doctor has a team of specialists for treating cancer which includes specialist surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists.
  • Always choose a doctor with whom you are comfortable with

Please do not hesitate to seek a second opinion before undergoing uterine cancer treatment.

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Uterine Cancer Treatment Cost in India

The cost of uterine cancer treatment in India ranges from $4000 – $6000 (296446 – 444669 INR) depending upon the quality of treatment and the hospital.

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Uterine Cancer Survival Rate

The 5-year survival rate for women with uterine cancer for white and black women is 84% and 63% respectively.

Frequently Asked Questions and patient concerns:

Is Uterine Cancer curable?

Uterine cancer is curable since its symptoms occur in its early stage.

Does Uterine Cancer spread quickly?

Type 1 uterine cancer grows slowly which is often found inside the uterus but type 2 uterine cancer is less common but spreads rapidly to other parts of the body.

Where does Uterine Cancer spread first?

Uterine Cancer starts in the uterus and spreads to other parts of the body. In general, it spreads to the rectum or bladder, and other areas where it can spread include the vagina, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. This form of cancer grows slowly and can be detected before it has spread to other parts of the body.

How does Uterine Cancer occur?

It arises when the cell of the endometrium starts to grow rapidly due to which the lining of the uterus thickens in certain places. These linings form a mass of tissue called a tumor.

Who is most likely to get Uterine Cancer?

It occurs most often in women over 50 and the average age of diagnosis is 60.

What foods prevent Uterine Cancer?

  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Carrots
  • Wholegrains

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