Do you have uterine fibroids? A minimally invasive new treatment clinical trial could be for you
If you are among the millions of women who suffer from Uterine Fibroids then you may want to look into this new minimally invasive treatment under investigation. But first the basics :
In case you are wondering what fibroids are, here is some info.
–Uterine Fibroids are a common muscle cell tumor that grows in the wall of the uterus. It often causes increased bleeding and pain with menstrual periods.
– Millions of women suffer from Uterine fibroids, also simply known as fibroids or myomas, leiomyomas.
– The cause of uterine fibroid tumors is unknown.
– 80% women develop these tumors during their lifetime. 70% of Caucasian women and over 80% of African- American women develop uterine fibroids by the age of 50.
– 25%-30% of women have symptomatic fibroids. They may experience heavy menstrual periods, menstrual pain, abdominal enlargement, pain with sexual intercourse, increased frequency of urination and simply, a feeling of fullness.
Physicians often treat symptomatic fibroids by removing the uterus, a process known as hysterectomy. It is estimated that approx 230,000 hysterectomies are conducted every year.
Less dramatic treatments have been developed, like removing the fibroid tissue while leaving the uterus behind (myomectomy) or blocking the uterine artery (uterine artery embolization) to reduce the fibroid size. A new treatment is being investigated in which just three needle like tubes are inserted in the abdomen via a laparoscope. One of these is inserted in the fibroid tissue and the tissue is ablated by heat energy generated by high frequency radio waves (radio frequency ablation).
Initial clinical studies with women (outside the US) have shown positive results and hence a larger Phase 3 clinical trial is underway in 6 sites in the USA. These include Phoenix, New York, Detroit, San Ramon (CA), Reno (NV) and Chesterfield (MO). If you are above 25, have completed child bearing and dont want to have a hysterectomy then you may want to reach out the the nearest clinical trial site and find our more.
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