The objectives of this study were to survey the prevalence of medical disorders in Chinese women with endometrial carcinoma and evaluate their potential impact on the clinical treatment and prognosis. Three hundred and seven women with endometrial carcinoma, from July 1, 1971 to October 31, 2001, were analyzed retrospectively. One hundred and forty-six of them (47.6%) were found to have associated medical disorders. The most common medical disorders were hypertension (33.9%), diabetes mellitus (9.8%), and coronary heart disease (9.4%). As many as 38.4% of the women had two or more medical disorders. The patients with medical disorders were on average elder than those without any medical disorders (P < 0.01). Radiotherapy and chemotherapy were administered more commonly in the group with medical disorders than in the one without (P < 0.01). The rate of surgical procedures was significantly lower in the group with medical disorders than in the group without (P < 0.01). However, the extent of surgical interventions was similar in both groups (P > 0.05). The occurrence of medical disorders was independent of the tumor stage, grade, and histological types (P > 0.05). In addition, follow-up data showed that the 3-year and 5-year survivals were not influenced by the medical disorders (P > 0.05). The results thus suggest that Chinese women with endometrial carcinoma have frequently concurrent medical disorders. Selection of treatment strategies can be influenced by these associated medical disorders, but the overall survival is little changed.
- endometrial carcinoma
- medical disorders
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