Thursday, May 03, 2018 by Janine Acero
Leiomyosarcoma (LMS) is a type of soft tissue sarcoma, or malignant tumor that originates in smooth muscle. Soft tissue sarcomas can develop in muscle, fat, blood vessels, or any of the other tissues that support, surround, and protect the organs of the body.
LMS is most common in the uterus, abdomen, or pelvis, but the exact cause is unknown. It has been speculated that genetic factors contribute to the development of LMS.
Current research suggests that abnormalities of DNA, which is the carrier of the body’s genetic code, are the underlying basis of cellular malignant transformation. These abnormal genetic changes may occur spontaneously for unknown reasons or, more rarely, may be inherited.
Most cases of LMS are diagnosed after a person develops symptoms, which may include:
Note that these symptoms can also be caused by conditions other than cancer.
Most forms of LMS are aggressive tumors that may metastasize to other areas of the body such as the lungs or liver, potentially causing life-threatening complications. LMS also has a high risk of recurring after treatment, if not diagnosed early.
Age is considered a risk factor for LMS, most commonly targeting people in their 70s.
LMS is most common in the uterus, abdomen, or pelvis. Although the exact cause is unknown, LMS accounts for between 10 percent and 20 percent of all soft tissue sarcomas. In its metastatic state, leiomyosarcoma most commonly spreads to the bloodstream, lung and liver.
The following are some of the foods and nutrients necessary for avoiding certain types of cancer, including LMS:
The usual treatment for a LMS is surgery, wherever possible, to remove the tumor. This may be followed by radiotherapy to reduce the chance of the cancer coming back.
Chemotherapy is also used for some cases of LMS. It’s mainly used to treat a recurring LMS, or advanced or metastatic LMS. Chemotherapy may also sometimes be used after surgery to try to reduce the chances of it coming back.
Lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, sunlight exposure, deep breathing, adequate consumption of clean water, and deep, restful sleep are also important to encourage the rebuilding, detoxifying and healing of the body after surgery.
Leiomyosarcoma is a type of soft tissue sarcoma that commonly occurs in the uterus, abdomen, or pelvis. Most forms of leiomyosarcoma are aggressive tumors and may spread to the bloodstream, lung and liver.
The exact cause of leiomyosarcoma is unknown, but genetic factors may contribute to its development.
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