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Fibroids or Gynecologic (GYN) Cancer?

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A woman’s doctor has told her that she has fibroids, but she is scared that the fibroids are really cancerous tumorsMy doctor says I have fibroids, but I am so scared that they are really cancerous tumors. Is it possible that he is wrong and they are cancer?

It is possible that cancerous tumors can be misdiagnosed as fibroids, but it is rare. If you are worried, seek a second opinion. You can also get another ultrasound about three months later to see if the assumed fibroids have grown. If they are really cancer, they will probably have grown significantly in that time. If they really are fibroids, they will most likely stay the same size. Continue monitoring them regularly to check for abnormal growth or the presence of new fibroids.

If you remain deeply concerned that the growths are cancerous, insist on a biopsy. If your pain continues or gets worse, or you experience other chronic symptoms, you may need to get the fibroids removed or have a hysterectomy to deal with them. If you are young and want to have children, your gynecologist will try to avoid a hysterectomy unless it is absolutely necessary. But fibroids can cause heavy and extended periods, pelvic pain, difficulty urinating, constipation, infertility, and backaches or leg pain. They can be severe enough that surgery becomes unavoidable. The vast majority of fibroids are benign and present no significant problems to the patient, though, so do not worry too much if your growths are confirmed to be fibroids.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

08-06-2011 - 05:36 AM


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