Leiomyosarcoma, often referred to by the shorter abbreviation of LMS, is a smooth muscle tumor made of malignant cancer cells. This is a rather rare and unusual cancer, and makes up about 5% of the total cancer cases that fall under the already relatively rare soft-tissue sarcomas. Unfortunately for patients, this type of cancer often isn’t very responsive to chemo and needs to be removed by surgery. Chemo might sometimes be added as a “clean up” sort of treatment after surgery to attempt to eliminate any individual cancer cells that might have been left behind.
Leiomyosarcoma is a cancer that can be dormant for a very long time even when present in the body. This is part of what makes it so challenging. A person could have it for months or years while it remains relatively dormant, but it is resistant to chemo when growing. This leads to plenty of unique challenges, and can be especially difficult on figuring out an ideal treatment when some of the tumors from this cancer aren’t in an area where it’s easy to go in and remove the full tumor without having to worry about the surrounding area of the body.
Women Suffering from Spread Leiomyosarcoma
Leiomyosarcoma is a cancer that has been in the news because of its tie to a number of lawsuits taking place. One of the major issues that have caused a surge in this type of cancer has been the use of a tool called the power morcellator. This is a medical device that is often used in uterine fibroid surgery or hysterectomy. This wouldn’t be a problem in and of itself, but the problem is that often times either due to a lack of training, faulty power morcellators, or even both, these tools would often spread Leiomyosarcoma cancer cells throughout the uterus.
This not only spread the cancer, but it also resulted in encouraging these cancer cells to grow. This is a terrible side effect and all too often led to growing cancer that would become fatal. Even if it was treatable, that led to so much more pain, suffering, and having to undergo even more radiation treatments and surgeries to make sure all those cancer cells were removed.
This has led to a series of lawsuits both for malpractice as well as product deficiency depending on each individual situation. This makes a very clear precedent, however. Any female who has been diagnosed with this cancer after having any type of a procedure involving a power morcellator needs to find legal assistance to see what her options are.
Not to Be Mistaken with Liposarcoma
Liposarcoma is a different condition from Leiomyosarcoma, and it’s important to make sure the two are not confused, as they often are. This is another type of sarcoma cancer, but the two are distinctly different and call for different treatments. This is why it is so important to make sure you understand which of these conditions you have.
Certain cancers can’t be drawn back to negligence, but Leiomyosarcoma is similar to Mesothelioma in being a cancer that often has roots due to a defective product or mistakes made by people who should have known better. Many manufacturers or individuals can bear legal responsibility depending on the circumstances of each individual case.
When it comes to Leiomyosarcoma, chances are pretty good that if this appeared or spread shortly after a uterine-based procedure, then someone may be legally responsible. This is the time when a woman needs to find legal representation to see what her options might be for compensation.