What is Sarcomatoid Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Cervix?
Sarcomatoid squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix is a rare type of cancer of the cervix. It shows a poor prognosis (likely course of the disease) as compared to squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix.
There is no well-known cause, however Current or previous infection with Human Papillomavirus, Unprotected sex, sex at a too younger age, multiple sexual partners, having current or previous infection with sexually transmitted diseases, multiparity (having a number of children) and cigarette smoking are the risk factors for the development of sarcomatoid squamous cell carcinoma 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
- Pain while passing 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.
- Pap smear
- Tumour biopsy
Surgery is the most common and effective treatment. Other treatment options are chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy.
What Support can we Give for Sarcomatoid Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Cervix?
Sarcomatoid Squamous Cell 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 Sarcomatoid Squamous Cell 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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