The earliest symptom indicating that a woman may have uterine cancer is when a lump or tumor starts to develop in the uterus as a result of uncontrollable growth or change of cells in the uterine cavity. Women who are considering undergoing diagnostic tests should note the possible symptoms of this kind of reproductive cancer:
- Painful urination or other problems urinating
- Abnormal bleeding in the vagina that can come in the form of discharge or spotting
- Any pain felt around the pelvic region
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Abnormal bleeding in the uterus or menorrhagia
Uterine cancer in the female’s reproductive system may also spread to other parts of the body. Women are advised to immediately see their physician if they experience any of these symptoms.
Unfortunately, some women who undergo a myomectomy or hysterectomy may experience the spread of uterine cancer as a result of using power morcellators during the procedure. If undergoing a morcellator surgery has caused the spread of your cancer, the lawyers at Williams Hart may be able to help you. Call our office at (713) 352-7071 to find out how we could help you receive the compensation you need for recovery.
Today, the FDA strengthened an existing warning about the dangers posed by power morcellators. These devices, which have come under heavy scrutiny in recent months, had previously been a common surgical tool used in hysterectomies and in the removal of uterine fibroids. Unfortunately, these devices pose an immense threat as they have the ability to spread undetected uterine cancer to other parts of the body.
Because of these dangers, the FDA issued a warning in April 2014 discussing the potential risk associated with these devices. However, this warning was updated and strengthened today, as the FDA noted that for the removal of fibroids and in hysterectomies, these devices should not be used in “the vast majority of women.” To help protect patients, the FDA has recommended that a boxed warning be added to detail the dangers of the devices. The agency has also mentioned two specific situations in which these devices should never be used; however, these two instances cover the vast majority of situations in which the use of a power morcellator may have been appropriate.
When the FDA issued their initial warning earlier this year, medical device manufacturer Johnson & Johnson recalled three of their popular power morcellators, and advised medical professionals to stop utilizing these devices in procedures.