Myth #1 – You’ll need cancer treatment for uterine fibroids
Some people still think that having a myoma means they have cancer. You see, myoma is technically a tumor, something that we associate with cancer.
However, uterine fibroid tumors are benign – not cancerous. This means that while myoma can grow, it will not spread, nor will it invade or destroy nearby or distant structures.
In other words, women with myomas do not need cancer treatments.
Myth #2 – Surgically removing the uterus is the only way to treat myoma
It’s true that surgically removing the uterus (hysterectomy) remains the only proven permanent way to prevent myoma. However, it is just one of the ways to manage myoma.
In fact, we can say that this is usually the last resort, since surgically removing the uterus means the woman can no longer bear a child.
Instead of surgically removing a part of or the entire uterus, doctors may recommend any of the following treatment options:
To shrink the tumor, a doctor may give you medications that block the production of reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone.
Blocking the production of these sex hormones can stop tumor growth. Likewise, myoma treatment without surgery also involves drugs that ease symptoms such as cramps and heavy bleeding.
MRI-guided ultrasound procedure
Another one of the ways to manage myoma is MRI-guided ultrasound. During this procedure, the patient lies down inside the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. While lying down, the MRI machine produces images that pinpoint the exact location of the myoma. Once the doctor determines the tumor’s exact location, he will direct ultrasound waves to the growth to heat and shrink it.