What is Leiomyosarcoma – Symptoms and Treatment
Cancer in the soft tissues is a rare condition. 5-10 percent cases of this rare ailment constitute
. Unfortunately this cancer is notorious of being unpredictable. It remains latent for years inside the body and become apparent in the advanced stages.
It has a tendency to recur too. It falls under the category of resistant cancers which means that it is unresponsive to the available standard treatments of cancer like chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
What are the Leiomyosarcoma Symptoms?
- Asymptomatic or without any signs in the early stages
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal mass
- Abdominal discomfort
- Enlarged Liver
- Hepatic vein obstruction
- Leg swelling
- Kidney dysfunction
- Renal vein obstruction
Though the cancer can develop at any site of the body containing the blood vessels, some of the most commonly affected organs of the body are stomach, uterus and small intestine. These sites have smooth muscle cells which aid in involuntary movement of the muscles present there.
What is Leiomyosarcoma Treatment?
Early diagnosis of the symptoms can lead to commencement of the treatment. Surgery removes the tumor from the affected site. Along with the chunk of malignant cells, some healthy cells of the affected organ are also removed. This is to ensure that no rogue cells are present in the body.
If ever some of the cancer cells manage to evade the early diagnosis and surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy can kill them. In this way, the patient can expect relatively higher chances of survival rate.
The outcome of the treatment varies from one individual to another.
Stage, site, size of the tumor, age, gender and general health of the patient are some of the deciding factors while the doctors choose an appropriate modality of treatment.
A sarcoma oncologist is the medical professional who specializes in dealing with
patients. General oncologist might not be of much help in this cancer’s treatment. The possibility of trying complementary medicines to provide some relief cannot be ruled out completely.