When uterine (endometrial) cancer is discovered in its earliest, most treatable stages, more than 90 percent of women survive at least five years — and most are completely cured.
At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we know that even after you’ve finished your cancer treatments, you may still need our help. We’re committed to supporting you in every way we can — physically, emotionally, spiritually, and otherwise — for as long as you need us.
Led by social workers and nurses, we touch on such topics as managing post-treatment side effects, disclosure, follow-up diagnostics, and fear of recurrence. Visit our calendar for information about upcoming meetings.
We’ve built a program designed for cancer survivors and their families. Our Survivorship Center has many services for you and your loved ones, including support groups, follow-up programs, educational resources, and more.
Plus, our Resources for Life After Cancer program offers individual and family counseling, lectures, support groups, and practical guidance on employment and insurance issues, among other services. Visit the Survivorship Center to learn more.
Managing Symptoms and Side Effects
Some treatments for uterine cancer can cause the early onset of menopausal symptoms, including irregular periods, hot flashes, drying or thinning of vaginal tissues or the bladder, insomnia, fatigue, and memory problems.
We provide counseling and treatment to help you manage the symptoms of menopause and the increased risk of osteoporosis and heart disease that can occur.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Counseling Center
Our Counseling Center offers individual and group counseling sessions to help you and your family address issues and problems that may arise in adjusting to life during and after treatment.
Help for the Older Patient
A diagnosis of cancer is difficult at any age, but older patients face unique challenges. Memorial Sloan Kettering is committed to providing cancer patients aged 65 and older with the treatments, facilities, and support they need.
Memorial Sloan Kettering offers the services of a multidisciplinary geriatrics team, which includes physicians, clinical nurse specialists, social workers, nutrition experts, and psychiatrists, as well as members of the Palliative Care & Pain Management Service and the Integrative Medicine Service. The programs and care that the team provides focus on the needs of elderly cancer patients.
Our Integrative Medicine Service is designed to enhance cancer patients’ quality of life through healing regimens that address the body, mind, and spirit. Beneficial complementary therapies include music therapy, nutritional counseling, and various types of massage, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, meditation, visualization, and other mind-body therapies, as well as such classes as yoga, tai chi, and chair aerobics.
Memorial Sloan Kettering’s comprehensive offerings for women with gynecologic cancer include physicians, nurses, psychologists, and social workers with expertise in treating the vaginal and sexual-health issues, such as pain during sexual intercourse, which can arise after treatment. Learn more about our sexual-health support services.
Rehabilitation and Exercise
Depending on the extent of your treatment for uterine cancer, you may find you need rehabilitation or physical therapy to help you get back to normal. Many women do.
You can get help for problems with balance, pain, coordination, endurance, flexibility, and more from our rehabilitation specialists. If you develop lymphedema following the removal of lymph nodes, wherein excess fluid collects in tissue and causes swelling in the groin and legs, our physical therapists can help you manage symptoms and reduce the swelling, as well as care for the skin in the affected area, regain mobility after surgery, and identify and avoid activities that might make the condition worse.
Supportive Care and Pain Management
At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we focus on all aspects of comprehensive cancer care, not just treating the disease. Our specialists in supportive care can help you cope with the side effects of therapy. These include pain, nausea, and fatigue. We can also help with the emotional and spiritual needs that often come up during and after cancer treatment.
If you are in pain during your treatments or even after they’re over, we have pain specialists who can help. We will build a plan that makes sense for you and your needs. Our experts can work with your doctor and pharmacists to give you solutions for both acute physical pain, which comes on suddenly, as well as chronic pain, which can linger. Our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible.
Erin Diament, NP
I am a nurse practitioner with special training in ovarian, cervical and uterine cancer survivorship issues. I graduated from Columbia University’s nurse practitioner program and joined Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Gynecology Service in 2014.