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The doctor who fought hard to end the procedure that led to her having cancer has died. She was only 44 years old when cancer took her life. She was one of the women who was stricken by leiomyosarcoma of the uterus after she had a procedure that used the power morcellator.

Back in its heyday, the power morcellator was heralded as a sort of miracle device that enabled women to have uterine fibroids removed using the device. Doctors pushed the power morcellator as the best option for many women who needed minimally invasive surgery to remove these fibroids. The issue with the procedure wasn't known right away, but now it can't be denied.

The power morcellator is a tool that has spinning blades. Doctors would insert the device through a laparoscopic incision. The device would obliterate fibroids so they could be removed through a small incision. The problem with this is that when the blades spin and the tissues are flung around, cancer cells that hadn't been detected were flung around with them. This led to many women being diagnosed with cancer after the procedure.

Leiomyosarcoma is a very aggressive cancer that claims lives quickly. In many cases, the women who were diagnosed with this cancer after the power morcellator procedure never stood a chance. In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that the device didn't need to be used in the vast majority of women who needed fibroids removed.

Prior to her death, Dr. Amy Reed was a strong activist for the women who were harmed by this procedure. She and her husband, who was a surgeon, burned many professional bridges during their crusade against this cancer spreading device. Women who are being diagnosed with cancer after a procedure using a power morcellator might choose to take legal action to seek compensation for the damages. Thanks to Dr. Reed's efforts, there is plenty of information now to back up these claims.

Source: The New York Times, "Amy Reed, Doctor Who Fought a Risky Medical Procedure, Dies at 44," Denise Grady, May 24, 2017

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