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Options for Women Diagnosed with Fibroid Tumors

Women today are concerned with their health more than ever before. A problem affecting many women is fibroid tumors. An article entitled “Fibroid Tumor” by Tracee Cornforth describes in detail exactly what fibroid tumors are.

“Fibroid tumors are usually benign (non-cancerous) tumors found, most often, in the uterus of women in their 30’s and 40’s, although they occasionally develop on other organs which contain smooth muscle cells.
Fibroid tumors are solid tumors which are made of fibrous tissue, hence the name ‘fibroid’ tumor. Most often fibroids occur as multiple tumor masses which are slow-growing and often cause no symptoms.” (www.womenshealth.about.com)

Dr. Katia Laremont explains some of the symptoms women who have fibroid tumors do experience.
“Certain fibroids can cause back pain.” Other fibroid tumor symptoms include swelling, constipation, abnormal bleeding, and cramping. (www.sftimes.com,
Dr. Katia Laremont, M.D. is medical director of Planned Parenthood of South Palm Beach & Broward Counties, Inc. overseeing four health centers in Broward County and one in Boca Raton. Planned Parenthood is dedicated to providing medically accurate information and affordable health care. For questions on this or other topics on women’s health, contact Dr. Laremont at the Planned Parenthood Boca Raton Health Center: 561-368-l023 or klaremont@lovecarefully.org)

Fibroid tumors are usually diagnosed by a gynecologist. Often times fibroid tumors are found when a physician is looking for something else.

Debra Wood an RN of Holy Cross Hospital explains that up to half of all women could have fibroids and not even know it. If fibroids are present, but are not causing any symptoms then there is no treatment necessary. In cases of larger fibroid tumors there are several different treatment options.

Pain medication is one treatment option for women living with fibroid tumors. Inflammation can be reduced by taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Pain medication can also help ease cramping. Another option for treatment is hormone therapy. This treatment can only be used by women who are not trying to become pregnant. Debra Wood RN further explains the uses of hormone therapy.
“Synthetic hormones create an artificial menopause. The drugs shrink fibroids and diminish the pain by decreasing the supply of estrogen to the uterus. However, fibroids can return once you stop taking the medication. These drugs are often used to reduce fibroid size prior to surgery.” (www.holy-cross.com, 954-771-8000)

There are also various surgical options available for women with fibroid tumors, but these are for the most severe cases. Dr. Ernst Bartsich explains a procedure called uterine fibroid ablation on his website www.fibroid-choice.com. (contact number 212-570-6684)
“This technique destroys the endometrium using electrical, laser or a heated ballon (Therma Choice Balloon Ablation). The technique is applied to patients with abnormal bleeding not responding to surgical (DxC) or medical (hormone) treatment and patients in whom other organic lesions, including cancer, have been ruled out.
The operation is simple. A balloon in inserted through the cervix into the uterine cavity (no incision) and heated up to destroy the endometrial lining (Ablation).
This method is reported to be successful in 70% of these patients and avoids major surgery.”

Women suffering from fibroid tumors should consult their physician on various forms of treatment to explore their best option. Proper treatment of fibroid tumors can alleviate the symptoms and restore a women’s internal health.