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Leiomyosarcoma


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What is leiomyosarcoma?

How might leiomyosarcoma be treated?


What is leiomyosarcoma?

Leiomyosarcoma is a rare cancerous tumor that consists of smooth (involuntary) muscle cells.[1] Leiomyosarcoma is a type of sarcoma. It spreads through the blood stream and can affect the lungs, liver, blood vessels, or any other soft tissue in the body.[2] It is most often found in the uterus or abdomen.[1]
Last updated: 8/3/2010

How might leiomyosarcoma be treated?

Treatment of leiomyosarcoma varies depending on the location and stage of the cancer. Surgery is typically the first choice for treatment, however, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormonal therapy may also be used to treat leiomyosarcoma.[3]

Additional information on the treatment of intestinal leiomyosarcoma is available from eMedicine. You may need to register to view this medical textbook, but registration is free
Last updated: 8/3/2010

References
  1. Vorvick LJ. Leiomyosarcoma. MedlinePlus. January 31, 2010; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000916.htm. Accessed 8/3/2010.
  2. What is Leiomyosarcoma?. LMSarcoma Direct Research Foundation. http://www.lmsdr.org/whatislms.php. Accessed 8/3/2010.
  3. Treatment Possibilities. LMSarcoma Direct Research Foundation. http://www.lmsdr.org/treatments.php. Accessed 8/3/2010.