Cancer of the Uterus and Treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence


About this study

Concurrent treatment of endometrial cancer and SUI may improve QOL, emotional and physical health and decrease costs for both patients and the health care system. At the time of endometrial cancer diagnosis, not only are women evaluated by a gynecologist and/or a gynecologic oncologist, but the majority will undergo surgery within weeks of their diagnosis. Thus, urinary incontinence could easily be identified, a referral made, and concurrent surgery performed. This would spare the patient two surgeries, decrease the emotional distress associated with SUI symptoms, decrease the costs associated with SUI for the patient and possibly improve overall quality of life. The proposed study will compare the quality of life and clinical outcomes among women with endometrial cancer and SUI that have concurrent surgery to women that do not have concurrent surgery. The findings of our proposed research will provide valuable information necessary for woman and clinicians to make decisions regarding the treatment of SUI, including evidence regarding the risks and benefits of performing concurrent endometrial cancer and SUI surgery.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria: 

  • Women ages 18-100 years
  • Clinical stage 1 or 2 (disease confined to the uterus) endometrial carcinoma or complex atypical hyperplasia 
  • Answer yes to one screening question: "Do you ever leak urine when you cough, sneeze, jump or laugh?"
  • We will include women with complex atypical hyperplasia (CAH) because 40% of these women will have an endometrial cancer identified at the time of surgery and the risk factors are the same for CAH as they are for clinical stage 1 and 2 endometrial cancers

Exclusion Criteria: -

  • Clinical stage 3 and 4 endometrial cancer
  • Prior pelvic radiation therapy
  • Vesicovaginal fistula
  • Urethrovaginal fistula

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Gretchen Glaser, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

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