To whom it may concern,
Recently, I was trying to raise some funds to do an important medical treatment, called MRguided focus ultrasound(MRgFUS), for uterine fibroids. I terminated my fundraising link, because of some medical information I received from a hospital that does it, which I thought to share. It might be helpful for others and as such, you may share. The more we educate ourselves, the better equipped we are.
I would have posted the entire manual I received today from the St. Mary’s Hospital, but it was a bit lengthy. So, I will just highlight few key points from it, if anyone is thinking to ever do that treatment:
I would think thrice, before doing it. I was told that the treatment would be between £5-7000 from the St. Mary’s hospital. If anyone uses gofundme, you should know that if you raise £100 you will only get about £80 or less, as the managers of the site takes a percentage of the recipients funds. It’s only natural, as people are using their platform to raise funds.
These are the key points from the manual I got today:
1.”MRgFUS can only treat your medical condition as it
presents to us at the time you are treated. Because the womb is
still intact, the environment that allows fibroids to grow is still
intact, so it is possible that new fibroids will grow in the future or
any fibroids not treated during your MRgFUS session will grow. It
may be possible for treated fibroids to grow back. Treatment is
designed to give relief to the distressing symptoms of this
condition without surgery and cannot eliminate your chances of
ever growing fibroids again. This is true for all uterine fibroid
treatments except hysterectomy.”
2.”It is important to know that MRgFUS will not remove the fibroid(s)
from your body. The treatment is designed to treat the symptoms
of fibroids and improve your quality of life by reducing the activity
of problematic fibroids. The treatment is particularly successful
with painful and prolonged heavy menstrual bleeding, pressure
symptoms and urinary and bladder symptoms. Once the fibroid is
dead, it will remain in place, with a likely maximum shrinkage of not
more than 50%. Commonly, shrinkage is in the region of 10-30%.
Shrinkage will not be visible immediately post-treatment with
maximal shrinkage at six months after the procedure. After MRgFUS, fibroid tissue does not leave the body via the vagina as in
uterine artery embolisation, and this is why women do not
experience the painful discharge associated with embolisation after
treatment. There are no known effects of the treated fibroid
remaining in the body as uterine fibroids are known to be benign.”
3. “MRgFUS is designed to treat the symptoms of fibroids causing
fibroid cell death, without removing it from the body. It is therefore
not suitable for women wishing to have the fibroid completely removed from the body. Although shrinkage will occur, this may be minimal in some cases. MRgFUS cannot treat cysts, endometriosis or adenomyosis.”
In the light of this info as well as what I had received recently, there was no point in me trying to raised funds to do a treatment, that would not treat the root of the matter. I was of the impression that it was the ultimate cure for fibroids, but it apparently, is not the case. So I thought, why waste money like this or why would anyone fork out so much money to do a treatment that doesn’t really do anything for them in the long run.
There are other alternative treatments that can help eliminate smaller fibroids, manage the symptoms associated, reduce their size, help prevent them from growing bigger or stop new ones growing and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, as the above, so-called quick-fix treatment.
Wishing you all, well.