A malignant (cancer) tumor of smooth muscle cells that can arise almost anywhere in the body, but is most common in the uterus, abdomen, or pelvis.
Surgical removal is the mainstay of treatment for leiomyosarcoma, regardless of the location of the tumor in the body. Treatment may also include chemotherapy & radiation therapy.
The most common side effect is fatigue. Other side effects, depending on treatment, may include: nausea & vomiting; pain; mouth sores; headaches, hair loss; anemia.
Tips and Tricks
I have read everything I could find and also joined a leiomyosarcoma Facebook group. The main thing to remember in these groups is everyone is different when it comes to leiomyosarcoma. What works for one doesn’t work for another. I read their suggestions, but do my homework to see if it’s right for me. Follow your heart and instincts. Get a doctor you trust and stay with them. Keep the faith, ask for prayers. Ask questions when you don’t understand.
The information contained in the Treatments and Side Effects sections are for informational purposes only. As with any cancer type, treatments and side effects can differ by patient. Please consult your oncologist for the specific treatments and side effects for your specific cancer.