Outlook for soft tissue sarcomas

The outlook for a soft tissue sarcoma mostly depends on the type of sarcoma it is, how likely it is to spread (the grade) and how far it has already spread (the stage) by the time it's diagnosed.

If it's detected at an early stage or is a low grade tumour and it can be removed during surgery, a cure is usually possible. However larger, higher grade tumours have a greater risk of coming back or spreading.

After initial treatment, you'll need regular check-ups to look for any signs the cancer has come back. You may also need physiotherapy and occupational therapy to help you manage any physical difficulties resulting from surgery.

A cure isn't usually possible if a soft tissue sarcoma is only detected when it has already spread to other parts of the body, although treatment can help slow the spread of the cancer and control your symptoms.

Want to know more?

  • Cancer Research UK: soft tissue sarcomas
  • Macmillan: soft tissue sarcomas
  • Sarcoma UK: soft tissue sarcoma
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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018