Australian researchers have made discoveries that could change the treatment of endometriosis Watchman.
Endometriosis is a painful condition that affects five to ten percent of all women of childbearing age and can lead, among other things, to involuntary childlessness.
according to Endometriosis Society There is no cure for endometriosis, only palliative treatment.
Now researchers at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney have good news for all women with endometriosis.
– It’s absolutely remarkable, says the president of the Endometriosis Society, Elisabeth Larbe, of the research done on Dagbladet.
When you have endometriosis, the so-called endometrial tissue is misplaced elsewhere in the body other than the uterus, usually in various locations in the abdominal cavity.
Researchers at Sydney Hospital have now managed to grow endometrial tissue from up to 30 known types of endometriosis.
Then they observed changes in the tissue, and looked at how the tissue reacted to different types of treatment.
Newspaper Brisbane Times Thanks to advances, he writes, scientists can now discover how different types of drugs work on different types of endometriosis.
They can then see if the woman will need fertility treatments, the paper writes.
“It’s so fascinating and important that they look at all different types of tissues, and there can be an individually appropriate treatment,” says Larby.
Endometriosis can be treated with hormones, so that the endometriotic tissue does not grow and bleed, depending on Large Norwegian Encyclopedia.
While performing this treatment, a woman cannot become pregnant. When treatment is discontinued, endometriosis continues to develop.
Treatment can also be surgical with endometrial tissue removed, but endometriosis tends to return.
Dagbladet wrote a number of cases about hopeless endometriosis patients who live in great pain, are uncertain about the future, and fight to be believed.
Great and important
Jason Abbott is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the hospital, who specializes in endometriosis.
He told the newspaper that the progress means that in the future, among other things, it will be possible to reduce the need for endometriosis patients to have intensive operations, which can often lead to severe pain afterwards.
This breakthrough compares to the way breast cancer treatment has changed 30 years ago.
– 30 years ago we thought of breast cancer as one disease and treated it in one way. We now know that endometriosis is more complex, he says.
Elizabeth Larbe of the Endometriosis Society voted in:
– It’s very cool and important that they look at all the different types of tissues and there can be an individually appropriate treatment. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for endometriosis, so we encourage this.
It gives hope to patients
Prof Abbott says the research results mean that new ways to treat the disease may soon be found.
– By knowing the type of endometriosis, we can predict whether the patient will suffer from an aggressive and invasive form of the disease, and offer treatment to preserve her fertility.
Abbott offers hope to all affected by the disease:
– New treatment methods are just around the corner, he promises.
We are waiting anxiously
The endometriosis association is anxiously waiting to see what happens next.
– It’s very cool that this is being sought after. We’re very positive about all the research being done on endometriosis, Elizabeth Larbe says, which can increase knowledge of the disease and lead to better chances for patients.
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