What is Haemangiopericytoma?
Haemangiopericytoma is a type of tumour that originates from the pericyte cells of the blood vessels and capillaries. Capillaries are tiny blood vessels. Hemangiopericytoma tumours can occur anywhere in the body, but they usually occur in the brain, legs, pelvic region, head, and neck. Hemangiopericytoma tumours can be benign or malignant. Cancerous (malignant) tumours of hemangiopericytoma can metastasize to other parts of the body, usually the lungs and bones.
There is no well-known cause; however, certain hereditary and genetic mutations (faulty alterations in the genes) are believed to be responsible for the development of hemangiopericytoma. Other risk factors include exposure to certain chemicals such as vinyl chloride and pesticides.
The average age of onset of the disease is 45 years. The 10-year survival rate is 70%.
Signs and Symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Hemangiopericytoma tumours are usually painless and showed no signs and symptoms at the initial stages of the disease.
In advanced cases, the patient may suffer from the following symptoms.
- Urinary retention (difficulty in the completely emptying urinary bladder, urge to pee remain after urination)
- Constant constipation
- Unexplained weight loss
The following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are
- Imaging tests such as X-Ray, CT-scan (computerized tomography), PET-scan (Positron emission tomography) help detect the site, size, and location of the tumor.
- Tumour biopsy and histopathological examination
In the early stage, surgical removal of the brain tumour is the main treatment option. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are the main treatment options for advanced metastatic (spread of the tumour from its site of origin to the other distant parts of the body) cases.
What Support can we Give for Haemangiopericytoma?
Haemangiopericytoma is 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 Haemangiopericytoma, 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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