The symptoms of endometrial cancer include vaginal bleeding, vaginal discharge, weakness in the back or lower abdomen, pelvic pain, painful urination, pain when having sex, weight loss and feeling a hard lump in the pelvic area, according to the American Cancer Society and WebMD. Most of the time, symptoms do not show up until the cancer has progressed, so it is important that women see their doctors as soon as they notice any of these symptoms.
Endometrial cancer treatment depends on the severity and progression of the cancer as well as on individual patient health, notes the American Cancer Society. Doctors will perform physical evaluations and more advanced testing in order to determine the best course of action for endometrial cancer patients. Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation as well as hormone therapy, according to the MayoClinic.
When surgery is necessary, it usually involves removing the uterus. Most women with endometrial cancer will need to do this in order to remove all of the areas that are cancerous. Unfortunately, endometrial cancer patients who have their uterus removed almost always have their Fallopian tubes and their ovaries removed, as well. Without the uterus, women can no longer have children. Without the ovaries, women will go through menopause regardless of their age.