Here are a few introductory videos regarding endometrial cancer diagnosis, staging and basic treatment, starting with the benefits of robotic surgery. Robotic surgery, if you are a good candidate based on the surgeon’s assessment, is 21st Century standard of care. I chose these videos to impress upon you that this is just one of many other centers around the world that are also using this technology and it is the new advanced standard of care for minimally invasive surgery for endometrial cancer. Please watch them all because they tell the whole story of why this is the best today.
Over 20 years ago I was one of a small handful of surgeons in the United States to perform minimally invasive surgery through a laparoscope for gynecologic cancers. At the time it was a major advance over making big incisions, which take much longer to recover from. However, I switched to performing robotic minimally invasive surgery almost exclusively for endometrial cancer years ago. It is simply light years better.
The majority of uterine cancers are early stage and of a cell type which makes them largely curable with surgery alone. However, please review the guidelines below the videos because there are some exceptions. In some situations, radiation, chemotherapy, or both are required to increase the chances of a cure.
Below these introductory videos you will find a link to the NCI site and NCCN which covers endometrial cancer and its treatment A to Z.
Endometrial Cancer Detection and Treatment Overview
This excellent overview from Swedish Medical Center in Seattle and covers the basics of endometrial cancer therapy.
Endometrial Cancer Staging
Another video from Swedish regarding staging of endometrial cancer.
Does the Robot Operate?
An often misunderstood part of robotic surgery is that it is definitely NOT operating independently. A surgeon is controlling every move in this state of the art surgery.
Robotic Surgery for Endometrial Cancer
Advantages of robotic surgery. Please pay attention to the part of the video which shows you that there is a doctor at bedside, assisting at all times. It is a team effort.
Robotic Surgery Demonstration
This is what goes on and why this is the best approach to surgery whenever possible.
Patient Experience with Robotic Surgery
From a different part of the country, a satisfied patient with the results of superior robotic surgery.
In depth information and guidelines for diagnosis and care can be found here : National Cancer Institute Endometrial Cancer Guidelines and NCCN guidelines here.
Please keep in mind that the stage of disease (where it is) and the grade (how aggressive it looks under the microscope) and the type of cells (endometrioid vs papillary serous vs. clear cell among others) makes a BIG difference in terms of treatment recommendations. Papillary serous (UPSC) and clear cell are much more aggressive and can be difficult to treat.