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New Treatment Kills Tumors, Saves Fertility

by Denise Dador,  abc7,  Nov 23, 2009
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It's the most common reason for hysterectomies in the U.S. -- as many as 30-percent of women suffer from uterine fibroids. These are benign, painful tumors in the uterus. Now there's a treatment that kills the tumors, but not the option of having children.

Ericka Schwappach and her husband want to start a family.

"I absolutely look forward to someone calling me mom," said Schwappach.

Schwappach has uterine fibroids, which are non-cancerous tumors that grow on the wall of the uterus. Not only does it reduce her odds of getting pregnant, it causes a lot of discomfort.

"I have severe menstrual cycles with heavy bleeding and lots of pain," said Schwappach.

Even after her fibroids were surgically removed, they came back. She thought her only option was a hysterectomy, until she heard about uterine fibroid embolization or UFE.

Interventional radiologists thread a small catheter into the arteries that supply blood to the uterus, and the fibroids. Read more.

"We actually go in and we put in permanent


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