Leiomyosarcoma is a cancerous tumour that forms near the smooth muscle cells that are part of the involuntary muscle system. Since involuntary muscles are found all over the body such as the heart, liver and digestive tract these tumours can be found anywhere, but the most common locations are the uterus and the gastrointestinal tract. A lump or swelling, pain, abdominal discomfort and blood from the vagina for women who have had menopause or changes in menstruation are the signs of a leiomyosarcoma.
HOW IS LEIOMYOSARCOMA DIAGNOSED?
An oncologist would perform a hysteroscopy to check for tumours in the uterus. Imaging tests such as a CT scan, MRI scan or X-ray would be recommended for images of the stomach. Biopsy of the affected area also help with diagnosis of Leiomyosarcoma.
HOW IS LEIOMYOSARCOMA TREATED?
Treatment depends on the severity of the cancer and your general health. Surgery is the best solution as radiations seldom work.
DID YOU KNOW?
If Leiomyosarcoma is not controlled or curbed completely, there is a chance that it would relapse and hence, there’s a very high risk of recurrence here.