What is Papillary Serous Carcinoma of the Cervix?
Papillary serous carcinoma of the cervix is a rare type of adenocarcinoma of the cervix. It accounts for approximately 10-20% of all cases of cervical cancer. This is a high-grade tumour that is usually diagnosed at an advanced stage of the disease. High-grade tumours are tumours that grow and spread rapidly to other parts of the body. It has the tendency to metastasize to the lymph nodes of the body. The common sites of metastasis are the lymph nodes of the pelvis other common sites of metastasis are the lymph nodes of the lungs, abdomen, liver, skin and lymph nodes of the cervical region.
What is cervical Adenocarcinoma?
Cervical adenocarcinoma is a type of cancer that develops from the mucus-secreting cells of the cervix. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus; it is cylindrical in shape and connects the uterus with the vagina in the female body.
There is no well-known cause, but risk factors such as having anal warts, human papillomavirus infection, HIV infection, older age, male gender, cigarette smoking, poor dietary intake with low fibre, and having multiple sexual partners are considered risk factors for developing adenocarcinoma with neuroendocrine differentiation. It is more common in females as compared to males.
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
- Pain in the pelvic region or lower part of the abdomen during the sexual intercourse
- Difficulty passing urine
- Pain during sex
- Back pain
Following are the diagnostic tests and procedures for Papillary Serous Carcinoma of the Cervix.
- Complete blood count ( CBC)
- Serum tumour markers
- Pap smear
- 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.
Surgery is the most common and effective treatment for cervical lymphoma. Other treatment options are chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
What Support can we Give for Papillary Serous Carcinoma of the Cervix?
Papillary Serous Carcinoma 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 Papillary Serous Carcinoma 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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