What is Desmoid Disease or Tumour?
A desmoid tumour is a benign tumour that develops from the connective tissues of the body. Connective tissues are tissues that bind, separate, or support other tissues or organs, thus forming the structure of organs and providing strength to organs and the body. They most often occur in the abdomen, shoulders, upper arms, and legs. Desmoid tumours are not malignant, but they can invade the local structure and can recur after complete removal by surgery. In majority cases the development of the single desmoid tumour is observed but cases with multiple desmoid tumours are also reported.
These are very rare tumours, accounting for only 0.03% of all carcinomas. They are more common in women than in men and mostly develop after childbirth. It usually develops in people between the ages of 10 and 40.
Disease Etiology (Cause)
There is no well-known reason. However, certain risk factors such as familial polyposis, a history of trauma, and hormonal imbalances are thought to be responsible for the development of desmoid tumours.
Signs and Symptoms
- A mass or lump at the tumour site
- Pain at the tumour site
- Large abdominal tumours can cause intestinal obstruction and constipation.
- Large tumours in an arm, leg, or joint can cause limitation of movement, such as difficult walking
- Imaging techniques like X-ray, USG (ultrasonography), MRI, CT-Scan, and PET –scan to detect the size and extent of the tumour.
- Tumour biopsy and histopathological examination
- Colonoscopy and Fundal examination to rule out familial adenomatous polyposis disease
Surgical removal of the tumour, along with anti-inflammatory, hormonal, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy are the main treatment options.
What Support can we Give for Desmoid Disease?
Desmoid Disease is a rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Desmoid Disease, we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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