Perimenopause Symptoms

Fibroids, Morcellation and Uterine Cancer

by Magnolia on August 24, 2015

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Put on your thinking cap, ladies, maybe even pour yourself a glass of wine if it’s 5:00 somewhere, and get ready to take in some fascinating and potentially infuriating information.  Especially if you are a fibroid sufferer, have had fibroids in the past, or know someone struggling with fibroids now.

If you’ve had fibroids, then perhaps you are also familiar with a medical procedure called morcellation, and the device (FDA approved 24 years ago) used to carry out the procedure, a morcellator. After reading an article published recently in the WSJ regarding the device, and the potential damage it causes women – i.e. spreading hidden cancer cells throughout the body that women didn’t know existed – my blood began to boil.

What is Morcellation?

Morcellation is a procedure executed by an FDA approved gynecological device called a morcellator, officially a “Laproscopic Power Morcellator”

What does it do?

Essentially, it acts like a high-tech slap chop vacuum device (at least, this is the image I can’t get out of my mind since reading about it) to churn benign uterine masses (fibroids) into tiny pieces, so the tissue can be sucked out through tiny abdominal  incisions.

Okay, so far, it doesn’t really sound so bad, right? But, here’s where it gets dicey (pun really not intended).  As the morcellator is rendering the fibroid tumors into tiny pieces, it may also be dicing and spreading cancerous tissue.

Cancerous tissue the patient may not know exists, and for lack of a better way to explain it, essentially explodes these malignant cells throughout the patient’s abdomen.  Which is exactly what happened to Dr. Amy Reed, and according to the U.S. Congress, “Hundreds, if not thousands…” of women. Read Amy’s full story here.

power-morcellatorIf you’re wondering what the “Laproscopic Power Morcellator” looks like, …..well, you’re looking at it. How does it make you feel?  I’ll tell you how it makes me feel….angry.

I don’t have fibroids and have never undergone morcellation to remove them. But it doesn’t take much to get me worked up over the FDA, the pharmaceutical industry, and a medical field which essentially treats patients (primarily women, by the way) like a bunch of meat – specimens to prod, poke, and in this case, “slap chop” all to hell and back.

Congress Cares Too

Lest you think I’m over-reacting just a wee bit, I’m not the only one horrified by this high-tech slap chop device.  The WSJ article references a letter submitted by 12 members of Congress on August 7th of this year, to the GAO (Government Accountability Office), with Congress’ concerns about morcellation.

In that letter, (which I strongly urge you to download and read for yourself), the Congressional members said that for many women this “routine procedure” ended in a “death sentence” as the morcellator can take, and I quote “Stage 1 treatable cancer immediately to a Stage 4 terminal cancer.” Hence, the call for an investigation into this device.

The letter points out that in November 2014, the FDA issued a “black box warning” (the strongest FDA warning) about morcellation, and decreed that power morcellators are “contraindicated for hysterectomies or fibroid removal in the vast majority of women getting these procedures.”

So the FDA has been aware for quite some time (long before November 2014) that morcellation may cause the spread of uterine cancer, and had already issued its strongest warning regarding the device, essentially saying, “not really advised as a safe procedure.” But failed to ban the procedure outright.

But, what’s new, right?  The government screws up, women die, the government has “no comment.”

I’m going to tell you about a product I recently learned about which I think you will find very interesting and intriguing in light of what I’ve just shared with you.  First, please take the time to read this article published on August 14th, 2015, in The New York Daily News.  A young New Jersey woman is currently suing doctors who used morcellation just last November to remove a large fibroid.

She now has advanced uterine cancer with a poor prognosis. She’s dying.

And yes, I do understand that every medical procedure entails risk.  Every time we consent to a medical procedure, it is “buyer beware.”  A risk, I accept and hold no one else responsible for.  However, when the FDA actively discourages physicians from using a particular device, and they do anyway?  Well, that’s a whole ‘nuther story.

Here are some stats for you: According to the Congressional letter, the risk of spreading cancer from morcellation is as high as 1 in 352 cases. Another study puts it at 1 in 156.

Chew on that for a while.

Enter Crila®

Before I tell you about Crila®, I want to say upfront, I’m not involved with this product. This is not a sponsored post. I’m not earning any money from any sales. This post is purely informational.  But given the fact that women are quite literally facing death as a result of an FDA approved device/procedure, I think this information is important in the public interest. If you have fibroids, you may finally have a safe alternative.  Which is why I want to tell you about it.

Crila® was developed by a woman scientist in Vietnam. It is a medicinal herb believed to help fight cancer and shrink tumors. In a clinical trial conducted in 2007 by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, Crila® stopped the growth of fibroids or reduced them in 79.5% of non-menopausal women. In response to my recent Facebook posts, women here who used Crila® to shrink their fibroids have written to me about it. One woman with a large fibroid said it’s down 77% after taking the product for 9 months.

It’s important to note, however, that in the US, due to laws which govern supplements, this claim cannot be made regarding Crila®.  It is not sold or marketed as a product to reduce fibroids.  It is marketed simply for menopause and uterine health.

Crila® has been tested by the UIC College of Pharmacy here in the United States as a “menopause herb” under a grant from the National Institutes of Health.  The results of this study were published by NAMS, The North American Menopause Society (p. 51) which confirm that Crila® is estrogen free.  If you’re suffering from uterine fibroids, or have or have had breast cancer, this is important.

Remember, ladies.  I’m not a physician and I’m not dispensing medical advice. I always advise my readers to check with your healthcare professional before treatment or taking any new drug and that includes supplements.

But we must take responsibility and educate ourselves on the alternatives out there. So, here’s what would do…..research this product yourself.  Read the links I have provided.  And if you are a fibroid sufferer, determine for yourself what you think about this product.

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