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Uterine Sarcoma: Newly Diagnosed

Being told you have uterine sarcoma can be scary, and you may have many questions. The people on your healthcare team can help.

Coping with fear

It’s normal to feel afraid. Learning more about cancer and the treatment options you have can make you feel less afraid. This also helps you work with your healthcare team and make the best choices for your treatment. You can also ask to speak with a counselor.

Working with your healthcare team

Your healthcare team may include any or all of these people:

  • Gynecologic oncologist. This is a doctor who treats cancer of the female reproductive organs.

  • Medical oncologist. This is a doctor who treats cancer with medicines.

  • Radiation oncologist. This is a doctor who treats cancer with radiation.

Nurses, dietitians, social workers, and other healthcare providers will also be part of your team. Your treatment team members will answer any questions you may have. They’ll help you through each of the steps you’ll take before, during, and after treatment. Your team will let you know what tests you need and the results of those tests. They’ll guide you in making treatment decisions and help prepare you and your loved ones for what’s ahead.

Learning about treatment options 

To decide the best course of treatment for you, your healthcare team needs to know as much as they can about your cancer. This may include getting tests and working with more than 1 healthcare provider.

Your treatment options might include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or hormone therapy. You may have 1 or more of these. You may decide that you want to get a second opinion to help you choose the treatment that's best for you. A clinical trial may also be a good option. This is something you can discuss with your treatment team.

Ask your treatment team where you can go to learn more about uterine sarcoma. Find out which web sites can be trusted for current, accurate information.

Getting support

Coping with cancer can be very stressful. Talk with your healthcare team about seeing a counselor. They can refer you to someone who can help. You can also visit support groups to talk with other people coping with cancer. Ask your team about local support groups.

Online Medical Reviewer: Howard Goodman MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Kimberly Stump-Sutliff RN MSN AOCNS
Online Medical Reviewer: Lu Cunningham RN BSN
Date Last Reviewed: 3/1/2020
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