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Our Total Endometrial Cancer (Uterine Cancer) Care Treatment Approach

 

Cancer is a complex condition and knowledge about cancer and cancer treatment is constantly changing and getting more sophisticated to deliver ever better patient outcomes. The very best cancer care is therefore best delivered by a team of professionals, with each member of the team being an expert in their own field but working TOGETHER to take care of the whole person. 

 

At the NCIS, we believe that when we treat the WHOLE PERSON, a WHOLE PERSON walks out our doors. This is the philosophy and thinking that lies at the heart of our Whole Person Approach to Endometrial Cancer (Uterine Cancer) Care at the NCIS. 



 

How the NCIS Helps Keep You and Your Loved Ones Safe from Endometrial Cancer (Uterine Cancer)

 
 

When it comes to surgery in the treatment of endometrial cancer, women who receive their care at the NCIS have had a more contemporary option since 2008 through robot-assisted surgery. 


Employing robotic technology, surgeons are able to perform very complex surgical operations without the need to “open up” the abdomen. Open surgery has traditionally been the most effective way to carry out complex cancer surgery, till the introduction of surgical robotics. 

From a woman’s perspective, endometrial cancer surgery has always been somewhat puzzling, since women living with endometrial cancer are unaffected by their disease, the treatment in the form of open surgery and its lengthy recovery process, is often viewed as being worse than the disease. This challenge to make the surgical treatment of endometrial cancer (uterine cancer) more efficient and less debilitating is one of the primary concerns to the gynecological cancer surgical team at the NCIS. 


Robotics has helped us take a giant step towards someday treating endometrial cancer (uterine cancer) without any down down or “zero impact treatment”. The following table helps to illustrate just how far we have come at the NCIS in helping our patients get better more efficient cancer surgical care.



Open Surgery



Robotic Surgery



Hospital Stay


4-7 days Overnight


90% Recovery


10 weeks 10 days


Typical Surgical Blood Loss


300ml 30-50ml

  

If you or a loved one are exploring surgical treatment for endometrial cancer (uterine cancer), consult your Gynaecologic Oncology Team Specialist at the NCIS to see if robot-assisted surgery is right for you.


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The Endometrial Cancer (Uterine Cancer) Journey @ NCIS


 

The women we care for may have endometrial cancer (uterine cancer), but the disease is only one part of a whole person who is a living, breathing and feeling entity. Since most women living with endometrial cancer (uterine cancer) are functionally great,  the team at the NCIS believes in not only treating cancer but protecting that wonderful, functional and healthy woman inside every endometrial cancer (uterine cancer) patient.   Achieving this starts with having a team of dedicated healthcare professionals support each and every aspect of the whole person as we journey with our patients through diagnosis, treatment, recovery and beyond.


The Women's Emotional Health Service (WEHS)

This team of emotional health specialists are an important component of the endometrial cancer care solution. Quite simply, a fit emotional state ensures a healthy immune system that fights cancer more effectively. Coming to terms with a diagnosis of endometrial cancer can be difficult, especially since most women who’ve been given a diagnosis of endometrial cancer feel so well and so vital. Effective emotional assessment and support is a complex, constantly evolving process and something the Women’s Emotional Health team does exceptionally well, supporting a growing community of healthy, happy endometrial cancer survivors, one woman at a time. Our patients are supported through a combination of CARE therapy, hypnotherapy and medical therapeutics. At the NCIS, we are proud of the important work that our WEHS team does, and our cancer survivors agree!

The Total Lymphedema Team

Lymphedema is a complex and potentially debilitating condition that develops as a result of cancer surgery and therapy in some patients, especially in patients who have had lymph nodes removed as part of their endometrial cancer surgery. At the NCIS, we believe that the best treatment is prevention. This belief is embodied in the creation of the Total Lymphedema Clinic (TLC) to support all the women living with cancer that we care for at the NCIS who may be at risk for lymphedema. The team at the TLC consists of surgeons, physicians, physiotherapists, nurses and occupational therapists who are all committed to one thing, helping our patients come out of endometrial cancer (uterine cancer) WHOLE and functional with sub-specialty professionalism and Tender Loving Care.

Advanced Practice and Specialty Nursing

At the NCIS, we love our nurses for one very simple reason. Our Advanced Practice and Specialty nurses translate all the expertise available at NUH in to the care that our patients receive. The women living with endometrial cancer (uterine cancer) that walk in our doors walk out whole because of the dedication and professionalism that these cancer professionals show all day, every day.  Effective cancer care is an incredibly complex process which our Advanced Practice and Specialty nursing team has the training, education and expertise to understand, coordinate and help deliver to the women receiving care for endometrial cancer (uterine cancer) at the NCIS. It’s no wonder that our cancer survivors hug a cancer specialty nurse wherever they meet one!


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