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Jul 8, 2017 · Diagnosed with sarcoma? Let's share in Cancer

In December 2016, I was diagnosed with low grade metastatic uterine leiomyosarcoma. I had some troubling symptoms in December 2014. A CT scan indicated a very large uterine tumor, and I was scheduled for a radical hysterectomy. I was told the tumor was the size of a softball. The pathology report came back with a rare diagnosis of a Smooth Muscle Tumor of Uncertain Malignant Potential (STUMP), which means that the tumor wasn’t benign, but it didn’t qualify as being considered malignant either. The pathology report was sent to Mayo Clinic and two pathologists confirmed the diagnosis. My surgical oncologist, who is very well respected both nationally and internationally, indicated that he had never had a patient with this diagnosis. The protocol indicated no further treatment other than to monitor me through regular CT scans. My first six month scan indicated a tumor in one of my kidneys. I was referred to an urology oncologist for surgery. The pathology report indicated I had Chromophobe renal cell cancer, which also is somewhat rare. Once again, Mayo Clinic confirmed the pathology report. Surgery was the only treatment with CT follow-ups. In March 2016, a CT scan of my lungs indicated a small nodule. Six months later, there were a couple more nodules and by December, a CT scan showed 4 nodules. At that point, it was felt that one nodule was big enough to biopsy. The diagnosis was a low grade metastatic leiomyosarcoma as the biopsied tissue was uterine based and tested positive for estrogen. Three doctors from Mayo confirmed the diagnosis. My surgeon referred me to a medical oncologist who is head of the sarcoma program at a major Chicago hospital, who explained that the latest diagnosis changes my STUMP diagnosis to a leiomyosarcoma. Because the lesions are estrogen dependent, I have been prescribed Anastrozole (generic for Arimidex), which is a drug taken by many breast cancer patients. The drug blocks the formation of estrogen in your body. The lesions need estrogen and without it, they can’t grow. After two months on the medication, a CT scan indicated one nodule was gone and the three others had shrunk in size. My next scan is in a couple of weeks and I’m hoping for more good results.