Soft tissue sarcoma
Soft tissue sarcomas are a group of rare cancers affecting the tissues that connect, support and surround other body structures and organs.
Tissues that can be affected by soft tissue sarcomas include fat, muscle, blood vessels, deep skin tissues, tendons and ligaments. Bone cancer are covered separately.
Soft tissue sarcomas can develop in almost any part of the body, including the legs, armsand trunk (torso).
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Find out what soft tissue sarcomas are, what symptoms they can cause and how they're treated.
Soft tissue sarcomas often have no obvious symptoms in the early stages. They can cause symptoms as they get bigger or spread. The symptoms depend on where the cancer develops. For example: cancer
There are many different types of soft tissue sarcoma, depending on where in the body it develops. Examples include: leiomyosarcoma develops in muscle tissue liposarcoma develops in fat tissue an
Cancer occurs when cells multiply uncontrollably, forming growths calledtumours. In the vast majority of soft tissue sarcomas it's unclear what causes this to happen, but there are a number ofthings
If your GP feels there's a possibility youhave cancer, they'll refer you for a number of hospital tests. A diagnosis of a soft tissue sarcoma will usually be made by a hospital specialist and will be
People with a soft tissue sarcoma are cared for by a team of doctors and nurses at specialist centres, who will help decide on the most appropriate treatment. The best treatment depends on things suc
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