Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Dilation & curettage with hysteroscopy for uterine cancer

When biopsy results are unclear or enough tissue cannot be removed, in the office your doctor may perform a D&C to detect uterine cancer. This procedure is often performed with a hysteroscopy. A hysteroscope is a small microscope than can easily be placed in the uterus to ensure the correct areas are biopsied.

What is dilation & curettage (D&C) with hysteroscopy?

During a dilation & curettage (D&C) procedure, your doctor will first dilate the cervix. Then, your doctor insert the hysteroscope to examine the inner uterine cavity. This is followed by biospy (curettage) of the uterus lining. The tissue is then examined by pathologists under a microscope to determine a treatment plan. 

This is an outpatient procedure than does not require incisions. A D&C is usually performed under general anesthesia.