Symptoms of morcellation-induced cancer
Women who have undiagnosed uterine cancer may be at a higher risk of those cells spreading if they undergo medical procedures in which power morcellators are used. These instruments can cause additional harm by releasing concealed cancerous cells in early developmental stages during the process of breaking up fibroids or other growths. By releasing these cancerous cells, morcellators allow them to grow in new and dangerous areas of the body where they would not have otherwise spread so quickly. Morcellators may actually advance cancers from early stages to later stages.
Women are at a particularly high risk of developing uterine cancer as a result of morcellator procedures. A few symptoms to watch for after this type of procedure are:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Swelling of the abdomen or the pelvis
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Vaginal discharge
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting, which may occur after menopause or between monthly periods
- Weight loss
Other symptoms include back pain and nerve issues if the tumor affects organs or bones such as the spinal cord.