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Fertility-Sparing Treatment of Early Endometrial Cancer and Complex Atypical Hyperplasia in Young Women of Childbearing Potential
  1. Stanislav Mikhailovich Pronin, PhD*,
  2. Olga Valerievna Novikova, MD, PhD*,
  3. Julia Yurievna Andreeva, MD, PhD and
  4. Elena Grigorievna Novikova, MD, PhD*
  1. *Gynecologic Oncology Division, and
  2. Anatomical Pathology Division, P.A. Hertsen Moscow Cancer Research Institute, Moscow, Russian Federation.
  1. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Stanislav Mikhailovich Pronin, PhD, Gynecologic Oncology Division, P.A. Hertsen Moscow Cancer Research Institute, 2-nd Botkinsky proezd 3, Moscow 125248, Russian Federation. E-mail: psm_doc{at}


Objective To evaluate oncologic and reproductive outcome with levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system combined with gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist in women with grade 1 endometrial carcinoma, and the levonorgestrel monotherapy in women with complex atypical hyperplasia.

Materials/Methods A prospective study was conducted. We analyzed the clinical characteristics of 70 patients younger than 42 years (mean age, 33 years) with a diagnosis of complex atypical endometrial hyperplasia (AEH) or grade 1 endometrial adenocarcinoma who were treated with hormonal therapy at the Division of Gynecologic Oncology of P.A. Hertsen Moscow Cancer Research Institute from February 2009 to December 2012. Patients with complex AEH received monotherapy with levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (Mirena, Shering, Finland; 52 mg). Patients with a diagnosis of grade 1 endometrial cancer were treated with levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system combined with gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (Zoladex; AstraZeneca UK Limited, UK; 3.6-mg depot). All the patients received hormonal therapy for a minimum of 6 months. Pretreatment evaluation consisted of transabdominal and transvaginal ultrasound in grayscale, color Doppler ultrasound, contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging, cervical hysteroscopy, Pipelle endometrial biopsy, and morphological and immunohistochemical characteristics of the tissue.

Results Seventy patients were included in study analyses. Twenty three (72%) of 32 patients with adenocarcinoma and 35 (92%) of 38 patients with AEH had complete remission, defined as the absence of any carcinoma or hyperplasia on endometrial sampling specimens. Among these cases, 2 patients with adenocarcinoma and 1 patient with AEH had recurrence after their complete response. Nine patients had persistent disease. Eight patients had 10 conceptions, resulting in 8 live births.

Conclusions The suggested conservative treatment strategy can be considered as a valid therapeutic option for young women of childbearing potential with atypical endometrial hyperplasia and grade 1 endometrial adenocarcinoma who wish to preserve their fertility and thus may be recommended as an alternative to hysterectomy. Close follow-up during and after the treatment period is strictly required.

  • Grade 1 endometrial carcinoma
  • Complex atypical hyperplasia
  • Fertility-sparing treatment
  • Hormonal therapy

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  • The authors declare no conflicts of interest.