Understanding Your Diagnosis
Diagnostic Procedures for Cancer: Overview
Detailed information on the most common diagnostic procedures for cancer
Uterine Sarcoma: Tests After Diagnosis
After a diagnosis of uterine sarcoma, you will likely have other tests. These tests help your healthcare providers learn more about the cancer. They can help show if the cancer has grown into nearby areas or spread to other parts of your body.
- Uterine Sarcoma: Diagnosis
If your healthcare provider thinks you might have uterine cancer, you will need certain exams and tests. Diagnosis starts with your healthcare provider asking you questions. You may also have a Pap test, ultrasound, biopsy and other tests.
An endometrial biopsy is a procedure to take a small tissue sample from the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium.
Dilation and Curettage (D and C)
A dilation and curettage procedure, also called a D and C, is a surgical procedure in which the cervix is dilated so that the cervical canal and uterine lining can be scraped with a spoon-shaped instrument to remove abnormal tissues.
A pelvic ultrasound is a scan that looks at the organs and structures in your pelvic area. Ultrasound uses a device called a transducer to send out sound waves that are too high to be heard. The transducer sends the sound waves through your skin and other body tissues to the organs and structures within. The sound waves bounce off the organs like an echo and return to the transducer. The transducer picks up the reflected waves. These are changed into a picture of the organs.
Hysteroscopy is the exam of the inside of the cervix and uterus using a thin, lighted, flexible tube called a hysteroscope. Your healthcare provider inserts the device through the vagina.
- Uterine Sarcoma: Newly Diagnosed
Being told you have uterine sarcoma can be scary, and you may have many questions. But you have people on your healthcare team to help. They can help you cope with fear learn about treatment options and get the support you need.
Grading and Staging of Cancer
Grading and staging cancer helps determine the best treatment.
- Uterine Sarcoma: Grades and Stages
Once your healthcare provider knows you have cancer, the next step is to find out the grade and stage of the cancer Staging and grading of cancer is important for deciding how to treat it, and how curable it is.
Uterine Sarcoma: Your Chances for Recovery (Prognosis)
Prognosis is the word your healthcare team may use to describe your chances of recovering from cancer. Or it may mean your likely outcome from cancer and cancer treatment. A prognosis is a calculated guess. It’s a question many people have when they learn they have cancer.