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Fibroid Tumor/Fibroid Cancer

Updated on Jun 2, 2021 by Dr. George Bolotin (Vein & Vascular Specialist) of Vein & Vascular Medical Care

Fibroids are common among women between 30 and 50. They’re node-like growths that form on your uterus and come with an assortment of side effects. What’s uncommon, however, is fibroid cancer. It’s a rare disease that’s usually related to other types of cancer that you may have had. Benign fibroids do not turn into malignant ones. But these fibrous tumors can be very painful, even debilitating for some women, which is why you need expert treatment from a fibroid and vein specialist like Dr. George Bolotin. Call the Astra Fibroid Treatment Specialists in Brooklyn, NY if you experience any uncomfortable symptoms in your abdomen. Early detection is always the best course of action.

What’s a Fibroid Tumor?

A fibroid tumor is a muscular growth that forms on the wall of your uterus, either inside your uterus or outside it, in your abdominal cavity. For some women, just a single tumor forms, but in others, a group of tumors accumulate and grow. The size of the tumors also varies, depending on the individual and how long they’re left untreated. Fibroids can be as small as a seed or as big a grapefruit. The majority of fibroid tumors are non-cancerous or benign. Fewer than one in 1,000 turn out to be malignant.

An early diagnosis at the Brooklyn-based practice of Astra Fibroid Treatment Specialists determines the most effective treatment for fibroid tumors. Dr. George Bolotin and his team leverage the latest medical technology to find the source of your symptoms. They combat vein problems as well as fibroid conditions by using Interventional Radiology techniques and technologies.

What Are the Symptoms of Fibroid Tumors?

While most women don’t show any symptoms, others suffer a range of debilitating symptoms that can differ. Your symptoms are often based on the location, cause, size and number of the fibroids. Symptoms most commonly associated with fibroids, both malignant and benign, include:

If you notice any of these signs, consult a fibroid specialist immediately for diagnosis. An Interventional Radiologist like Dr. Bolotin uses medical imaging technology, such as ultrasound scans, to determine the nature of your growths and decide on the fibroid tumor treatment options. As with all types of cancer, early detection is your best defense against its spread.

What Are the Risk Factors of Fibroid Tumors?

The causes of fibroid tumors are still unknown, although ongoing research points to some probable risk factors, such as:

  • Abnormal hormone balance, especially for estrogen and progesterone levels
  • Genetics and a family history of fibroids
  • Age, as the tumors are more common as you age
  • Ethnicity, with African American women more at risk
  • Obesity, since heavier women are two to three times more likely to get fibroids

Dr. Bolotin recommends an MRI, ultrasound, hysterosalpingogram (HSG) or other tests. While determining a diagnosis, he wants to get a better picture of the muscular growths in your uterus. Only after reaching a diagnosis does he recommend fibroid tumor removal or other, less invasive forms of treatment.

How Different Is a Fibroid Tumor vs. Fibroid Cancer?

Fibroid cancer occurs when cancer cells form in the muscles of your uterus. While doctors haven’t yet conclusively defined the causes of fibroid tumors, fibroid cancers often occur because of x-rays exposure, radiation treatment or complications from breast cancer treatment. Some symptoms of uterine fibroids are like those of fibroid cancer, while others are unique. Symptoms of fibroid cancer include:

  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Bleeding that’s not part of your menstrual cycle
  • A notable mass in your vagina
  • Pain or a feeling of fullness in your abdomen
  • Urinating frequently

Research shows that fibroid cancers don’t develop from an already-existing fibroid, although women at a high risk of fibroids are also at a higher risk of getting uterine cancer. Dr. Bolotin and the Astra Fibroid Treatment Specialists have the expertise and technology to correctly diagnose different fibroid types and conditions, fibroid tumors and fibroid cancer before commencing treatment.

How Are Cancerous Fibroid Tumors Treated?

Treatment for fibroid tumors depend on your age, the severity of your symptoms, the stage of the cancer, the number and size of the fibroids, previous fibroids treatments, your general health and other factors. Treatment options include:

  • Minimally invasive uterine fibroid embolization if you still want to consider pregnancy with a vaginal delivery in the future
  • Fibroid tumor removal surgery such as myomectomy, after you which you can still become pregnant, but you may need to deliver by caesarean section
  • A hysterectomy that removes your uterus entirely, which triggers the onset of menopause
  • Fibroid cancer treatment, which includes chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy

Fibroid tumors affect your life and your ability to conceive. Contact the Astra Fibroid Treatment Specialists in Brooklyn for an early diagnosis if you show any symptoms. Get personalized treatment based on the latest medical research and technology for a better quality of life, cancer-free.

Dr. George Bolotin has either authored or reviewed and approved this content. Vein & Vascular Medical Care
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