Risk of Cancer from Morcellation
Written by Faith Anderson on March 19, 2015
Boston Doctor Says Morcellation Cancer Risk is “Substantially Higher” than Originally Believed
Past research and the makers of power morcellator devices may have understated the risk of cancer spreading during surgery with morcellation.
A Boston doctor whose wife has been diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma cancer spread by a power morcellator is criticizing recent reports suggesting that the incidence of cancer being spread during uterine fibroid removal with power morcellation is low. Based on his own wife’s experience and a growing body of research linking power morcellation to an increased risk of undiagnosed uterine cancer being spread throughout the body, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm says a recent Bloomberg News article carrying the headline “Cancer Risk Low in Women With Fibroids Removed Using Morcellators” is “extremely misleading” and dangerous to public health. If you underwent surgery with power morcellation, and you have since been diagnosed with aggressive cancer, contact a skilled product liability attorney today for legal help.
Potential Side Effects of Power Morcellation
Power morcellators are surgical devices that have been widely used during hysterectomy and uterine fibroid removal procedures in the past, allowing surgeons to cut up and remove the tissue through a small incision in the abdomen. The devices were designed to allow for minimally-invasive surgeries, thereby reducing recovery time and limiting the risk of surgical complications. However, serious concerns have been raised recently about the potential side effects of power morcellation, including evidence that the surgical devices may actually cause the spread of undiagnosed cancer throughout the bodily, rapidly upstaging aggressive uterine cancers like endometrial stromal sarcoma and leiomyosarcoma.
Morcellator Risks “Substantially Higher” than Reported
In a comment posted on a version of the Bloomsberg News article published by the Daily Herald, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm writes: “[t]his article has done a grave disservice to many women by its undeniable mischaracterization, using the word ‘low’ risk in referring to morcellation.” Although previous claims by the makers of power morcellators indicated that the risk of cancer being spread from the devices was low, more recent reports have disputed those claims, and Dr. Noorchashm himself says the actual risk is “astronomically higher (up to 60 times higher) than previously assumed.” According to estimates provided by the FDA, 1 out of every 350 women undergoing hysterectomy or uterine fibroid removal procedures may have unsuspected sarcoma that could be spread with morcellation.
An Experienced Power Morcellation Attorney Can Help
In light of recent findings regarding the alleged link between power morcellation and cancer, critics have urged the FDA to issue a recall of all power morcellator devices on the market. However, the FDA announced in November that it would allow morcellators to remain on the market in the U.S., but with stronger warnings about the risk of cancer, and more limited indications for the appropriate use of the surgical devices. If you or a loved one has suffered a rapid spread of cancer from power morcellation, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by dangerous medical devices, and can help put you in touch with an attorney who has experience handling power morcellation cancer claims.