Uterine Sarcoma Symptoms & Treatment

If you're at risk for uterine sarcoma, it's important to watch for uterine sarcoma symptoms. Tell your doctor about them. They may want you to come to UVA Health. Here, we have compassionate gynecologic oncologists who are highly skilled at finding and treating uterine sarcoma.

What Is Uterine Sarcoma?

Uterine sarcoma is a cancer that forms in the muscles of the uterus. It can also grow in the tissues that support the uterus.

Are You At Risk for Uterine Sarcoma?

This kind of cancer is very rare. Two factors can mean you're at high risk. Take extra care if you've:

  • Had radiation to your pelvis
  • Taken tamoxifen for breast cancer

You can manage this risk. Get a pelvic exam each year. Over time, cancer spreads and it becomes harder to treat. That's why it's important not to ignore concerning uterine sarcoma symptoms. 

Do You Have Uterine Sarcoma Symptoms?

You'll want to tell your provider if you have any of these possible uterine sarcoma symptoms:

  • Unexpected bleeding
  • A mass in your vagina
  • Pain or a feeling of fullness in your belly
  • Frequent peeing
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We can't always tell what's wrong just based on symptoms. To know exactly the type and stage of cancer, you'll likely need more tests. A diagnosis often requires a: 

  • Pelvic exam
  • Pap test
  • Ultrasound
  • Biopsy or removal of your uterus tissue

Treatment Options at UVA Health

At UVA Health, your gynecologic oncologist will design a treatment plan based on whether your cancer is only in your uterus, or if it has spread to other parts of your body. Treatment for uterine sarcoma may include: 

Our compassionate and experienced gynecologic oncology team will work with you to figure out a customized plan. They are experienced in finding and treating even rare cancers like uterine sarcoma. It's the kind of expertise you'd expect at Virginia's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Learn more about what this designation means for you.