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Semin Oncol. 2009 Apr;36(2):145-54. doi: 10.1053/j.seminoncol.2008.12.006.

Management of advanced-stage and recurrent endometrial cancer.

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Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA.


Endometrial carcinoma is frequently diagnosed at an early stage, at which point it is usually surgically curable. Some less common subtypes of endometrial carcinoma, such as serous and clear cell carcinomas, have a worse prognosis than most endometrioid carcinomas. Patients with advanced or recurrent disease, regardless of histologic subtype, have a poor prognosis. Both single-agent and combination chemotherapy regimens (such as doxorubicin, cisplatin, and paclitaxel) have antitumor activity but are not curative. Recently, adjuvant chemotherapy has been shown to improve outcomes in high-risk nonmetastatic (stage III) disease. Newer agents such as mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors show promise, and are currently being tested in a clinical trials.

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