Unique molecular features in high-risk histology endometrial cancers

Pooja Pandita, Xiyin Wang, Devin E. Jones, Kaitlyn Collins, Shannon M. Hawkins

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Endometrial cancer is the most common gynecologic malignancy in the United States and the sixth most common cancer in women worldwide. Fortunately, most women who develop endometrial cancer have low-grade early-stage endometrioid carcinomas, and simple hysterectomy is curative. Unfortunately, 15% of women with endometrial cancer will develop high-risk histologic tumors including uterine carcinosarcoma or high-grade endometrioid, clear cell, or serous carcinomas. These high-risk histologic tumors account for more than 50% of deaths from this disease. In this review, we will highlight the biologic differences between low-and high-risk carcinomas with a focus on the cell of origin, early precursor lesions including atrophic and proliferative endometrium, and the potential role of stem cells. We will discuss treatment, including standard of care therapy, hormonal therapy, and precision medicine-based or targeted molecular therapies. We will also discuss the impact and need for model systems. The molecular underpinnings behind this high death to incidence ratio are important to understand and improve outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1665
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2019


  • Endometrial cancer
  • High-risk histology
  • Hormone therapy
  • Molecular features
  • Precision medicine
  • Stem cells
  • Treatment
  • Uterine cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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