Thursday, May 31, 2018 by Janine Acero
A malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH) is a type of soft tissue sarcoma (malignant tumor). It originates in fibrous tissue that forms tendons and ligaments, and covers bones and other parts of the body. MFH most often occurs in the limbs, but it can develop in bones and anywhere in the body.
MFH mostly affects older adults, aged 50 to 70 years, and is rare in people under 20 years old. Moreover, it is more likely to occur in men than women.
Soft tissue is elastic and flexible, which makes tumor growth difficult to discover until its later stages. Most people realize they have MFH when they see a lump or swelling on their arm or thigh. The lump is normally painless, but it can cause discomfort if it compresses a nerve or muscle as the tumor continues to grow.
Staging for sarcomas is based on the size, grade (what the tumor looks like under the microscope and its predicted growth rate), and spread (metastasis) of the tumor. Below are the MFH stages:
Patients with advanced tumors may have a five-year survival rate between 30 and 70 percent. People with soft tissue sarcoma such as MFH have a 20 to 30 percent chance of recurrence of another tumor in the same place (primary site).
MHF produces few symptoms, but as with most cancers, early detection is the key to surviving this cancer.
The causes of MFH are currently unknown, but some likely suspects include:
MFH is characterized by a swelling over a bone or a bony part of the body; bone and joint pain; and a bone that breaks for no known reason.
MFH can metastasize (spread) to other parts of the body if left untreated.
Calcium is a key nutrient in optimal bone health. Fortify your bones with the following foods rich in calcium and other bone-enhancing nutrients:
MFH may be diagnosed using the following tools/methods:
Treatment for sarcomas such as MFH, usually involves surgical removal of the tumor, followed by radiation or chemotherapy to kill off any remaining cancer cells. Surgeons try to spare as much of the affected limb as possible during surgery, but amputation may be necessary, especially if the cancer has spread to the bone.
Some patients opt for a more natural approach to treatment, which mainly involves supplements listed above, as well as massage (such as aqua pressure), calcium-rich diets, and herbal medicine to manage the symptoms, which include maitake, bupleurum, psoralea and astralagus.
Increase healing in your body by removing toxins using any or all of the following detoxification techniques:
A malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH) is a type of soft tissue sarcoma that originates in fibrous tissue that forms tendons and ligaments, and covers bones and other parts of the body. MFH most often occurs in the limbs, but it can develop in bones and anywhere in the body.
MFH is marked by a swelling over a bone or a bony part of the body; bone and joint pain; and a bone that breaks for no known reason.
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