Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells. The aim is to destroy cancer cells while causing the least possible damage to healthy cells.
Chemotherapy may be used:
- for certain subtypes of endometrial cancer, such as serous carcinoma
- when cancer returns after surgery or radiotherapy, to gain control of the cancer and to relieve symptoms
- if the cancer does not respond to hormone treatment
- for women whose cancer has spread beyond the uterus at the time of diagnosis, such that surgery is not possible.
Chemotherapy is usually given through a needle inserted into a vein (intravenously), by specialised nurses under the guidance of an oncologist. You may need to stay in the hospital overnight or you may be treated as an outpatient.
You may have a number of treatments, sometimes up to six, every three to four weeks over several months. The length of treatment will be determined based on your circumstances.