What is Leiomyosarcoma of the Cervix?
Leiomyosarcoma of the cervix is a very rare cancer as only three cases have been reported so far. It accounts for approximately less than 1% of all cancers of the uterus and cervix in women. It usually develops in women between the ages of 40 and 60. The tumour is usually large and does not spread to nearby lymph nodes or distant parts of the body.
There is no well-known cause, however, exposure to radiation in childhood, use of the drug tamoxifen and Epstein Barr virus infection are some risk factors for leiomyosarcoma of the cervix.
Signs and Symptoms
The common signs and symptoms are:
- Bleeding from the vagina after sexual intercourse
- Abnormal bleeding from the vagina between the two menstrual cycles
- Abnormal watery discharge from the vagina with the smell
- Pain in the pelvic region or lower part of the abdomen during the sexual intercourse
- Pressure in the pelvic region
- Pain while passing urine
- Frequent urge to pass urine
- Unexplained weight loss
- Excessive sweating at night
Following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make the diagnosis. These are
- Complete blood count ( CBC)
- Serum tumour markers
- Imaging techniques like ultrasonography (USG), CT-scan, MRI, and X-Ray to detect the site, size, and extent of the tumour.
- Pelvic examination through per-speculum examination of the vagina, cervix, and ovaries. A speculum is a gynecological instrument used to visualize the vaginal wall, cervix, uterus, and ovaries to detect any abnormality.
- Surgical resection (cutting and removal of the affected part through surgery) of the tumour along with radiation therapy is the main treatment option.
What Support can we Give for Leiomyosarcoma of the Cervix?
Leiomyosarcoma of the Cervix 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 Leiomyosarcoma of the Cervix, 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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