Hormone therapy

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Mum had been having hormone therapy to help control the growth of endometrial cancer (after one faction of radiotherapy as she was not a suitable candidate for surgery)

She has just been told that the tumour has grown bigger again and cancer has spread to some lymph nodes (mainly abdominal area but small areas in chest too) . 

Why has the oncologist decided that hormone therapy should now be stopped. Presumably it is no longer of benefit, but why is this so? 

  • Hello Rubyred,

    Thanks for getting in touch. My name is Megan, I’m one of the Cancer Information Nurses on the Macmillan Support Line.

    Welcome to the online community. I can see you have joined the Womb (uterus) cancer forum and hope you have been finding it supportive.

    We were sorry to read that your mum has been told of a progression of her endometrial cancer despite treatment. I can appreciate how this news may have been distressing to hear. I do hope you are also receiving support during this time.

    Hormone therapy is a recognised treatment for endometrial cancer and is sometimes used in pre-menopausal women and those who wish to try and have a family later down the line, or those with more advanced disease.

    Without access to your mum’s clinical notes, it’s hard to interpret the reasons for the changes to her treatment plan and what this might mean for her. If she is unclear of these reasons, you might feel able to encourage her to speak to her gynaecological clinical nurse specialist (sometimes called a Macmillan nurse) to help her understand what the changes in treatment mean?

    Your mum is likely to be feeling physically fatigued after having had treatment. She may wish to speak to one of our counsellors about her feelings.

    You may also find it useful to explore The Eve Appeal and their service Ask Eve for additional support and advice.

    I hope this information is useful. Please don’t hesitate to get back in contact by email, webchat or phone, if you need further information or support.

    The Macmillan Support Line offers practical, clinical, financial and emotional support. You can call us free from landlines and from most mobile phone networks on 0808 808 00 00, 7 days a week, 8am – 8pm.

     

    Best wishes, Megan

    Cancer Information Nurse Specialist 

     

    Ref MD/LB