I recently had surgery to remove fibroid tumors from my uterus. When I awaken my Doctor told me that I had had several tumors and he removed most of them. He said I had a couple that were to large to remove without doing a total hysterectomy. I'm 35 years old and do not want a hysterectomy I would consenter having a partial hysterectomy as a last resort. While researching this topic I came across information that suggest that the tumors can be shrinkened by cutting off the blood supply to them. Is this really an option? My doctor did not mention this and I was wondering if it is an option why he wouldn't have suggested it to me? My co-workers told me I should get a second opinion before having this major operation done.
Every tumor is a group of cells whose growth went uncontrolled. These cells need a blood supply same as any other cell in the body in order to survive. As a matter of fact, the tumor cells need a blood supply even more, because they present an area of rapid growth which needs a rich blood supply providing enough construction material for the new cells.
The tumors produce certain molecules that act as triggers for producing new blood vessels in the tumor. There are even certain medicines that act on stopping the effect of these molecules, thus reducing the process of creating new blood vessels and significantly increasing the chances to slow the tumor growth.
The problem with the fibroid tumors is that they are more or less in the uterine wall, and the newly formed blood vessels cannot be distinguished, during operation, from the normal blood vessels which are responsible for the blood supply for the rest of the normal uterine wall cells.
You might want to consult with your gynecologist or ask for a second opinion from another gynecologist about your condition and the possible treatments.
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