Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Soft Tissue Sarcoma is a serious and life-threatening condition. We treat all patients with the same care, compassion and optimism as our own family. We will fight to cure each and every patient that walks through our door.
What is Soft Tissue Sarcoma?
Soft tissue sarcomas are rare tumors compared to other types of cancer such as breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer. About 12,000 patients are diagnosed in the United States each year. Soft tissue sarcomas arise from cancer involving the muscle, fat, connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves.
Soft Tissue Sarcoma Symptoms
Any lump, bump or mass in the hands, arms, pelvis, legs or feet could potentially be a soft tissue sarcoma. Unfortunately, many soft tissue sarcomas are missed for a long time because they are mistaken for non-cancerous things. Soft tissue sarcomas can be big or small, hard or soft, quickly or slowly growing, and are actually usually not painful until they become very large.
In order to diagnose a soft tissue sarcoma, you need to see a specialist, typically an Orthopedic Oncologist, or Musculoskeletal Tumor Surgeon. Because soft tissue sarcomas are so rare, there are relatively few physicians who have in-depth knowledge about soft tissue sarcomas. The Bone Cancer and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Service consists of an entire team of specialists who are very experienced with soft tissue sarcomas and have successfully treated many patients in the past.
Every week, we have a multidisciplinary tumor board meeting in which all malignant tumors are discussed amongst a panel of experts in different fields of medicine to coordinate and individualize each patient's care.
For treatment, you will likely receive radiation therapy. We have state-of-the-art technology including a proton beam center, one of only twenty active sites in the country, and nationally-known radiation oncologists. The key to defeating soft tissue sarcoma is complete surgical removal of the tumor before it has a chance to spread elsewhere in your body. It takes a high-level of expertise and experience to not only perform a complete surgical removal of the tumor, but also preserve as much functional and normal tissue as safely possible. This is why you want an excellent surgeon on your team.
After removal of your tumor, you may require a soft tissue flap or other means to heal your wound. We have an excellent team of surgeons in both the orthopedic and plastic surgery department who are experienced in reconstructing tissue for all types of wounds ranging from tumor resections, traumatic injuries from accidents, and long-standing ulcers from infection.