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I was concerned how we would know if they were involved or not. Treatment of Epithelial Cancers of the Uterus If you have a high grade or deeply invasive cancer, then your risk of having lymph node involvement is high enough to warrant intervention. However, your doctor may recommend radiation to the lymph node areas without a return to the operating room if your risk is high enough. Your doctor may discuss going back to the operating room to remove lymph nodes with you if he or she believes you might be able to avoid radiation if your lymph nodes are negative, or if there is evidence of enlarged lymph nodes on CT scan.
The radiation oncologist will also perform a physical examination. In the case of endometrial cancer, the radiation oncologist will be checking to be sure you have completely healed from your hysterectomy. This examination will also include a pelvic examination to Radiation Treatment that is given to a particular part of the body in order to kill cancer cells. Brachytherapy A method of radiation treatment in which the source of radiation is placed close to the surface of the body or within a body cavity (Example: vagina).
The vaginal treatments are given with an isotope called iridium in most cases. Usually, three treatments are given. Each treatment takes 10 minutes and the treatments can be given weekly. Your doctor may recommend that you have vaginal brachytherapy only. The treatment is intended to decrease the risk of endometrial cancer coming back at the top of the vagina, which is one of the most common places for endometrial cancer to recur. In addition, your doctor may recommend this treatment if you have invasion of your cancer into the muscle of the uterus.