FAQ - Endometrial Stromal Tumors
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About how much time for a person with gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) to live?

A long time. Gleevec can cure a lot of people with GIST, too. there is another new drug on the market called Sutent. GIST is by no means a death sentence!!!  (+ info)


What are signs and symptoms of tumors... Because for some reason im paranoid that I have a tumor possibly on the back of my brain... B/c the back of my neck always hurts... and tons of other things. And also... My back hurts a little bit to, feels like my spine almost...

You probably have muscle spasms from your posture. Try head and neck massage.
A tumor would most likely have neurololgical symptoms, like seizure, weakness, numbness, or psych symptoms.  (+ info)


if u have tumors in the pancreas can this affect your eyes

Bert is right, the whites of your eyes can turn yellow as can your skin.
(one of the signs of the 'silent disease')  (+ info)


i have a strange lump in my neck that moves when i touch it its is there everyday i knever thaugh it as anything untill i relay felt it today could it possibly be a tumor ? what cause a tumor im only 16 poor diet maybe? i could realy use some helpful answers
your probaly right thank you i should of read this before i asked the same question again

Sweetheart, the only person who can tell you what your lump could be is your doctor. It's probably not a big deal, and just so you know- not all tumors are cancer. There is a pretty common sort which is basically nothing more than a lump of fat, and it could also just be a cyst. Just quit thinking up worst case scenarios and get to the doctor. That will put your mind at ease. Meanwhile, think positive. Most of what happens to people is not that big a deal, and easily taken care of.   (+ info)

What does endometrial echocomplex demonstrating a proliferative morphology mean?

I had to have a pelvic ultrasound done because I was getting some pain which my doctor thought may be due to an ovary cyst. Turns out I have a corpus lupus cyst. Also on the ultrasound it states as follows The endometrial echocomplex measures 1.5cm demonstrating a proliferative morphology. I have tried looking it up on several websites without success. Any helpful comments would be appreciated.

It's an abnormal, rapid cell growth on the endometrium or lining of the uterus. Proliferative morphology sounds like it means that this growth is still actively growing.

Basically, it sounds like a growth or possibly an unusually thick endometrial layer (the lining of the uterus that usually thickens at various points throughout the month.)  (+ info)

What is the expected life span of endometrial cancer which has metastasized to the lungs and brain?

My mom has been diagnosed last May with endometrial cancer and underwent hysterectomy and radiation therapy. Just recently, we found out that it has metastasized to the lungs and brain. It breaks our heart to see her suffer much but at this time, there really is no cure available. She is now undergoing palliative radiation treatments to help manage the pain. Just wanted to have an idea how much time we have left with her?

Wow. This is rare and very unfortunate. We are sorry for you in this difficult time.
Here's data looking at people in similar situations from a 2003 Canadian study.
"Between January 1991 and March 2003, there were 1295 women referred to the London Regional Cancer Center with the diagnosis of endometrial cancer, and eight of these women (0.6%) developed brain metastases. Treatment and clinical outcomes were analyzed.
Three patients had no other evidence of systemic disease, while five had disseminated disease. Four patients had a single brain metastasis, while four had multiple lesions. Seven patients received whole brain radiation therapy in addition to systemic steroids, of which six had temporary improvement or resolution in symptoms. Median survival following diagnosis of brain metastases was 3.5 months."

This study of almost 1300 women with endometrial cancers found only 8 who developed brain involvement. I did not see a person like this in 20 years as a cancer specialist doctor. Their experience with the 3 to 4 month survival is not a prediction - since it is based on only 8 people.

Doctors can never predict survival months ahead of time. When it gets down to the last days, it is relatively easy for experienced nurses and doctors to see the end coming - but family members can see that too. You will know when things are headed downhill. Enjoy the good time as much as possible.

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What are the chances of a very thick endometrial lining being cancerous in a post menopausal woman?

My 58 yr old friend had a pelvic sonogram and the doctor said that her endometrial lining is 5 times as thick as it should be and is sending her to a Gyn-oncologist. Does this mean that he is pretty sure that she has cancer?

They call that a hyper-proliferative endometrium.
It does not mean cancer. It means she is not shedding her endometrium probably because she does not have her period.
I did this same thing about 10 yrs ago. They biosied my endometrium and put me on high doses of progesterone.
She will need to follow up with her gynecologist.  (+ info)

What does it mean when your pap result is atypical endometrial cells?

I have had an endometrial biopsy and transvirginal ultrasound done but am still waiting the results.The waiting is murder. It's all I can think about. Have I got cancer?

I'm sorry you're feeling so anxious. The cells in the cervix are some of the fastest growing in the body. The cells in the walls are constantly being grown and shed. As a result of the fast renewal some cells may be created that are abnormal. It is quite common for women to return atypical results from their pap smears without it being cancer. I know it's a worrying thought but the earlier these things are found the better. Take care.  (+ info)

How pregnant could you be in the proliferative endometrial stage?

I had a Endo Bx without a pregnancy test done and am worried I may have been pregnant (had unprotected sex 2 times month prior). The results showed I was in the 'proliferative endometrial stage'. My tubes are tied and I'm 52 but I've understood it can still happen at that age.

It is hard to say I am no expert- but the "proliferative endometrial stage" of your cycle all that means is that your endometrium (the lining of your uterus) is proliferating (to grow or produce by multiplication of parts, as in budding or cell division) which means the lining of your uterus was in the process of building up & getting thicker. This happens in the first half of your menstrual cycle (follicular phase) just after your period, BEFORE ovulation. You can't get pregnant unless sperm meets egg, and they can't meet if you haven't released the egg yet! There is no way you could have been pregnant, it was too early in your cycle even if your tubes weren't tied.. take a deep breath and relax.  (+ info)

Is it safe to take Estrogen after having had a complete hysterectomy for endometrial cancer?

I'm 44 and am at a higher risk for osteoporosis without any estrogen. However, endometrial cancer is estrogen dependent, so my thought is it wouldn't be wise to take it for risk of recurrence elsewhere. I can deal with the other menopausal symptoms, but am concerned about bone loss since I would typically have had several more years of estrogen before hitting menopause. Any alternatives or thoughts?

I would say that it is probably not safe for someone who has had endometrial cancer to take estrogen replacement therapy but the only way to find out for sure is to double check with your dr to see what they think.  (+ info)

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