Treatment for womb cancer

Womb cancer is usually treatable when it’s found early.

The treatment you have for womb cancer will depend on:

It will usually include surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. It may also include treatment with targeted medicines to treat the cancer.

The specialist care team looking after you will:

You'll have regular check-ups during and after any treatments. You may also have more tests and scans.

If you have any symptoms or side effects that you are worried about, talk to your specialists. You do not need to wait for your next check-up.


Surgery is often the main treatment for womb cancer. Especially if the cancer is found early.

Different surgeries involve removing:

Recovery from surgery can take a long time. Your specialist team looking after you talk to you about all the benefits and side effects.

If the cancer has spread to other parts of your body, you may need to have a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy to remove as much of the cancer as possible.


Radiotherapy uses high-energy rays of radiation to kill cancer cells.

You may have radiotherapy for womb cancer:


Chemotherapy is medicines that kill cancer cells.

You may have chemotherapy for womb cancer:

Hormone therapy

You may have hormone therapy to ease symptoms or shrink and control the cancer if it’s spread outside your womb to other parts in your body.

This treatment is suitable if you’re not well enough to have surgery or radiotherapy.


Immunotherapy medicines help your immune system to find and kill cancer cells.

This treatment may be suitable if you have advanced womb cancer. It's not recommended for routine use, but it may be available through the Cancer Drugs Fund.


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Care after your treatment

The clinical nurse specialist, or another member of your specialist team will be able to give you information on follow-up care after treatment.

It may also help to get support from family, friends or a support organisation, if you get anxious before or between appointments.

Macmillan Cancer Support has a free helpline that's open every day from 8am to 8pm.

They're there to listen if you have anything you want to talk about.

Call 0808 808 00 00.

Page last reviewed: 1 August 2019
Next review due: 1 August 2019