Study: IUDs could help treat endometrial cancer

September 29, 2010 1:50:27 PM PDT
Intra-uterine devices or IUDs were initially developed for use as a type of birth control. But researchers say it may also be effective in treating endometrial cancer.

The most common treatment for the disease is a total hysterectomy. But a study in the Annals of Oncology finds that IUDs may stop and even reverse the cancer growth.

Italian researchers implanted IUDs in 34 women with a precursor for endometrial cancer. Two years out none of the women were cancer free but researchers say the IUD was effective in postponing a hysterectomy long enough for women to have children.