Endometrial cancer and progesterone

My hysterectomy is being delayed and delayed and I’ve just heard that others are being offered progesterone while they wait. What does this do? How does it help? How do they decide who gets it? What are the side effects if any?

  • Dear JWO,

    Thanks for getting back in touch with us.

    I can see from your previous posts that the delay in your cancer treatment has understandably caused you worry and stress.

    Hormones such as progesterone and oestrogen occur naturally in the body and control the growth and activity of the cells in the womb lining. They also help to shrink and control womb cancer. The most commonly used types of progesterone are Provera and Megace.

    Speaking to your Consultant or Clinical Nurse Specialist (if you have one) would be helpful. They will be able to advise you if hormone therapy is a suitable treatment for you.

    I hope you are getting some support from the online community. Your blogs are very helpful to others in making them feel they are not alone. You also help us understand how a delay in treatment is making cancer patients feel.

    If we can help you any further, please don’t hesitate and contact us again.

    Take care, Lorna (Cancer Information Nurse Specialist)


    Lorna-Macmillan (Cancer Information Nurse Specialist)