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Fibroids, or fibroid tumors

Fibroid tumors are non-cancerous (benign) growths in the uterus. They occur in 30-40% of women over age 40, and do not need to be removed unless they are causing symptoms that interfere with a woman's normal activities.

Patient discussion about Fibroids

Q. uterine fibroids. Whats the best way to deal with them? My doctor says hysterectomy? What about my hormones?

A. Yes, drugs that suppress the levels of the female sex hormones (estrogen) are successful for treating uterine fibroids. However, the relief is only temporary and the fibroids recur once the treatment is stopped. In addition, these treatments cause side effects similar to menopause.

Surgery is the definitive treatment, especially for complications such as bleeding or pain, and when there's a suspicion for malignancy.

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Female hormones may stimulate the growth of fibroids and fibroids may run in the family.
uterine fibroids are significantly under-diagnosed and under-treated, despite being declared a public health burden by the National Institute of Health (NIH).
Based on the promising results we have seen with vilaprisan in the Phase II clinical study program, we are very excited about the start of the Phase III trials that aims for a new symptom control for symptomatic uterine fibroids in a long-term treatment option.
Fibroids are hormonally responsive to both estrogen and progesterone.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the best imaging modality to diagnose, map, and characterize fibroids.
Fibroids can appear complex when degenerating and may contain areas of fluid density6.
It is suitable for every type of fibroid except for type 0 pedunculated intracavitary fibroids and type 7 pedunculated subserosal fibroids, which is significant because deep intramural fibroids have been difficult to target and treat by other methods.
Effects of fibroids on pregnancy outcome have been reported incompletely due to selection bias, small and differing population, varying inclusion criteria, low occurrence of 3 adverse outcomes, and inadequate confounding variables.
Whilst hormonal related therapies have demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of menopausal symptoms, the appropriate treatment of menopausal symptoms in women with uterine fibroids is debated with previous studies suggesting a role of oestrogen in the growth of uterine fibroids.
In more serious cases women suffering from uterine fibroids have prolonged menstrual periods and unusually excessive monthly bleeding and may also experience pain during sexual intercourse.
Although the overwhelming majority of fibroids are benign, there is no certain way to tell before their removal if they harbor a cancer, which happens in 1 in 400 to 1 in 1,000 cases.