Leiomyosarcoma is an aggressive soft tissue sarcoma derived from smooth muscle cells typically of uterine, gastrointestinal or soft tissue origin. Since smooth muscle is found all over the body, a Leiomyosarcoma can form almost anywhere where there are blood vessels, heart, liver, pancreas, genitourinary and gastrointestinal tract, the space behind the abdominal cavity (retroperitoneum), uterus, skin. The uterus is the most common location for a Leiomyosarcoma. General symptoms associated with cancer may occur including fatigue, fever, weight loss, a general feeling of ill health (malaise), and nausea and vomiting.
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?
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.