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Uterine & Endometrial Cancer

According to the Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer, uterine cancer, also called endometrial cancer, is the most common gynecologic cancer. Endometrial cancer develops when the cells that make up the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium) become abnormal and grow uncontrollably. Endometrial cancer primarily affects postmenopausal women; however, 25 percent of cases occur in premenopausal women. There are two types of endometrial cancer: estrogen-dependent and non-estrogen-dependent.

Internet Resources

Cancer.gov: Endometrial Cancer
Provides access to authoritative documents from the National Cancer Institute, including information about treatment, supportive care and clinical trials.

MedlinePlus: Uterine Cancer
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for health care consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information targeting the lay public. Look for familiar links to places like the National Institutes of Health.

American Cancer Society
One of the most respected of all nonprofit organizations in the United States, ACS makes outstanding resources available to patients, families, and caregivers.

Cancer.net: Uterine Cancer
Designed especially for cancer patients by the cancer professionals of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, this site is dedicated to providing accurate, reliable, current information about cancer.

Women’s Cancer Source
This web site offers current information about all gynecological cancers, including uterine/endometrial cancer.

The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Contains information about the many services offered by the Lurie Cancer Center, one of thirteen founding members of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).


  • Cancer sourcebook for women: basic consumer health information. (4th ed.). Bellenir K, ed. 2010.
  • Everyone’s Guide to Cancer Therapy: How Cancer is Diagnosed, Treated and Managed Day to Day. Ko A. 2008.
  • Gynecologic Cancers: Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer. Longe J, ed. 2010. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at http://www.nmh.org/nm/health-library-virtual-library.

Journal Articles

  • “Endometrial cancer: caught early, often curable.” Mayo Clinic Health Letter. 28(1):4–5. January 2010.


  • Pelvis Model


Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Alberto Culver Health Learning Center has joined forces with the American Cancer Society’s Patient Navigator Program to provide assistance to patients and families dealing with cancer. To take advantage of this unique service, provided by a licensed clinical social worker, call 312-926-4282.

Eyes on the Prize
This site offers information and support to women with gynecological cancers, including “Answers from the Pros” and an online support group.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Alberto Culver Health Learning Center at 312.926.5465, or e-mail us at HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateOctober 29, 2012