Symptoms and Signs of Uterine Cancer: Sarcoma

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

Doctor's Notes on Uterine Cancer: Sarcoma

Uterine sarcoma is a rare disease where muscle cells or uterine supportive cells become malignant (cancer) cells. Signs and symptoms include vaginal bleeding that is not part of menstrual periods, bleeding after menopause, a mass in the vagina, abdominal pain or a feeling of fullness and/or increased urinary frequency. The disease can metastasize to other organs.

What causes uterine muscle and/or uterine supportive cells to become malignant is not known. However, risk factors associated with uterine sarcoma development are radiation to the pelvis, and treatment with tamoxifen for breast cancer.

REFERENCE:

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.