Uterine Fibroid Sufferers Rejoice!: Fibroid Relief At Last Comes to Houston on Wednesday

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Non-profit org Fibroid Relief is teaming up with area medical centers to host a one-of-a-kind community education event about uterine fibroids and treatment options at the Houston Galleria. Event will feature a physician-patient discussion panel, q+a and more and is free to attend.

One in four women suffer from uterine fibroids — benign uterine tumors that cause discomfort, pain, bleeding and can often lead to infertility. Fibroid Relief At Last, an April 27th patient education event -- hosted by Fibroid Relief, in partnership with The Methodist and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospitals – will bring together medical experts and patients to discuss uterine fibroids, treatment options, medical advances and more.

“The goal of bringing the Fibroid Relief message to communities such as Houston is to raise awareness of uterine fibroids," explained Tina Krall, Executive Director of Fibroid Relief, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating women about uterine fibroids and all of the options available to treat them. "We aspire to empower women by not just telling them about treatment options, but by showing them patients who have undergone many of these treatments and regained their quality of life.”

In the panel discussion moderated by Tina, patients and physicians will share their experiences with uterine fibroids and their first-hand accounts of the various treatment options. Medical experts will explain uterine fibroids, how they can develop, the symptoms they can cause and the different options available to treat them – including recently implemented minimally invasive and non-invasive ones.

“It used to be that when a woman was diagnosed with uterine fibroids, she had two options. Either she suffered in silence, or she had a hysterectomy and lost the ability to conceive,” explained Krall. "That is simply no longer the case, and today’s women deserve an honest picture of all of the options in order to make an informed decision."

Patient panelist Rebecca will speak about her experience with one such option. She underwent the Focused Ultrasound procedure in 2008 – currently the only FDA-approved non-invasive treatment option for uterine fibroids. Rebecca, whose procedure was performed by fellow panelist Dr. Denise Nebgen, will discuss not only her treatment, but also her post-fibroids pregnancy.

Not only will attendees have the opportunity to ask panelists questions following their presentations, but patient coordinators from participating hospitals will also be on hand to discuss individual situations and set up consultations. Upon arrival, participants will receive materials on uterine fibroids, different treatment options, Fibroid Relief and more. A number of these materials will be made available ahead of the event at http://fibroidrelief.org/. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is strongly encouraged, as seating is limited. The program begins at 6:30 pm CT (doors open at 6:00). For more information and to register, visit http://fibroidrelief.org/houston/.

Other panelists include: Dr. John Fischer, an interventional radiologist at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and a partner in Singleton Associates, P.A., a large sub-specialized radiology practice; Dr. Robert Zurawin, Director of the Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and the Baylor Clinic Hysteroscopy Program; and Angela, a uterine fibroid patient who underwent underwent a myomectomy and subsequent uterine fibroid embolization procedure, performed by Dr. Fischer.

Founded in 2008 by the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation, Fibroid Relief (http://www.fibroidrelief.org/) is dedicated to increasing awareness about uterine fibroids and support women suffering from uterine fibroids who seek information about all of their treatment options. The organizations aims to contribute to an increased dialogue between patients, physicians, and payers so patients can make the best individual decisions for their own healthcare.

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