Newly Diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma-Initial Steps

newly diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma

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If you Have Been Newly Diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma, you may Have Some of the Questions Below:

What do I do now?

What do I need to know?

Important considerations/decisions

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NAVIGATING THE  INITIAL DIAGNOSIS  – IMPORTANT  CONSIDERATIONS

First and foremost,  you must find a SARCOMA SPECIALIST,  preferably one who has treated many patients with Leiomyosarcoma.

Finding the Right Treatment Center – Surgeon and Oncologist for You:

  1. Ask your primary care physician who he or she would recommend as a Medical and/or  Surgical Oncologist ( Sarcoma Specialist) familiar with the treatment of Leiomyosarcoma.  If they have no suggestions then refer to the list of Sarcoma Centers, all of which have experience in the treatment of  Leiomyosarcomas.
  2. Make sure to ask if the Oncologist, and the Sarcoma Center you select, accept your health insurance plan.
  3. It is essential that you have a family member, friend, or caregiver accompany you to your appointments with the Oncologists.  They should take notes of what is said that can be reviewed by you after the appointment.
  4. Have a medical appointment organizer notebook to help you keep all your important paperwork such as lab test results, radiology/imaging reports, pathology reports, current medications as well as the notes and questions you have written down in good order and ready for each appointment. Staying organized allows you to be better prepared for all your appointments.
  5. Make sure that you write down the questions you want to ask the Surgeon or Oncologist and take them with you to your appointment. (To view questions to consider asking – go to the “Questions to Ask Your Surgeon or Oncologist” tab on this website).

Dr. Seth Pollack, a leading medical oncologist and sarcoma specialist, encourages patients to find the doctors most equipped to treat their disease, one who will communicate with them and find the most effective treatment options for them.

THE CANCER CARE TEAM –  AN INTRODUCTION with Dr. Robert Maki   (From Cancer.Net)

https://youtu.be/pg1CH4DQwdw  – video link explaining the role of each care team member

DONATE YOUR TUMOR TISSUE FROM AN UPCOMING BIOPSY OR SURGERY –  TO ADVANCE LMS RESEARCH:

The Cancer Cell Line project is an opportunity for patients to contribute to research in a big way – a personal wayhttps://leiomyosarcoma.info/cancer-cell-line-project/ 

 Uterine Sarcomas: The Latest Approaches for These Rare but Potentially Deadly Tumors

“Uterine sarcomas are rare malignant uterine neoplasms that are responsible for a large majority of uterine cancer–associated deaths. The subtypes include leiomyosarcomas, endometrial stromal tumors, and adenosarcomas. Standard treatment includes complete surgical resection. Adjuvant treatment with chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, or radiation may be considered in patients with high-risk disease. To learn more information about preoperative diagnosis and the role of pathology, and we summarize the current literature regarding the management of uterine sarcomas.”-Review Article | March 15, 2017Oncology JournalGynecologic CancersSarcoma

http://www.cancernetwork.com/oncology-journal/uterine-sarcomas-latest-approaches-these-rare-potentially-deadly-tumors

WHEN THE DOCTOR SAYS ITS CANCER
https://youtu.be/nEXz7I5q3U4

In this video, Dr. Jonathan Berek and patient advocate Angela Lee discuss steps to take after a cancer diagnosis, including coping with the news, locating an oncologist, and finding support.
Signs and Symptoms of Soft Tissue Sarcomas; How Are Soft Tissue Sarcomas … biopsy, and imaging tests. The clinical stage will be … Sarcoma Stage …
Dr. Robert Maki, Physician Assistant Heather Hylton, and Nurse Practitioner Mee-Young Lee explain the roles of different members of an oncology care team, and how each contributes to the care of patients.

Read a full-text transcript.

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