Also referred to as LMS, the Leiomyosarcoma is a type of cancer that is very rare. The cancer can remain dormant for years and recur after long periods. There are no major signs or symptoms in the initial stages. There might be a lump or swelling as the cancer advances along with abdominal discomfort, bloating, swelling or pain in any area. In women who have already had menopause, there could be vaginal bleeding or there could be change in menstrual cycles in women who did not have menopause.
HOW IS LEIOMYOSARCOMA DIAGNOSED?
A diagnosis of a Leiomyosarcoma may be made based upon a detailed patient history, a thorough clinical evaluation and a variety of tests including blood tests, surgical removal and microscopic examination of tissue (biopsies) and various imaging techniques. Imaging techniques may include Computerized Tomography (CT) scanning, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and ultrasound. During CT scanning, a computer and x-rays are used to create a film showing cross-sectional images of certain tissue structures.
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?
Leiomyosarcomas are rare and affect about 6 in a million women. If diagnosed early, can be effectively treated.