Cancer Risks

Fewer women getting minimally invasive hysterectomies since FDA guidelines

A new study adds fuel to an ongoing debate over women’s healthcare: if a surgical procedure associated with dramatically fewer post-operative complications puts some patients at risk for life-threatening cancer, is it worthwhile? Now, a study out of the University of Michigan shows that post-operative complications in hysterectomies grew significantly following that FDA alert. Hospital…

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FDA warns against using laparoscopic power morcellators to treat uterine fibroids

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking immediate steps to help reduce the risk of spreading unsuspected cancer in women being treated for uterine fibroids. In an updated safety communication, originally issued in April 2014, the FDA warns against using laparoscopic power morcellators in the removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) or fibroids (myomectomy)…

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A Medical Device is Sidelined, but Too Late for One Woman

Linda Interlichia arrived alone at her family’s Cape Cod vacation home a half-mile from the beach last fall. Her routine there had been unchanged for years: She opened the doors to let the breeze flow in from the marsh and sat on the deck in the afternoon, sipping a glass of Chardonnay. The second night,…

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