- Every year in the month of July, Sarcoma Awareness Month is celebrated around the world to raise public awareness about it and to support the people who are diagnosed with it. Sarcoma is a rare yet deadly form of cancer that lacks awareness among many people. Just like each cancer is represented by a ribbon, it is represented by a yellow ribbon which symbolizes the fight against Sarcoma and helps the public to recognize and understand this uncommon cancer.
Soft Tissue Sarcoma
- Unexpected weight loss
- A painless lump that becomes sore or painful eventually, which need to be examined by the doctor
|The lining of blood vessels or lymph vessel|
|Neuromuscular cells of intestines|
|Fat tissues in the thigh, back of the abdomen or behind the knee|
|Smooth muscles that line the walls of organs|
|The synovial membrane, which is the connective tissue that lines that joint cavity and produces synovial fluid that lubricates and nourishes the joints.|
|The protective lining of the nerves|
|Fibroblasts, cells responsible for creating the connective tissues throughout the body|
|The lining of the blood vessels and lymphatic vessels and soft tissues in multiple locations of the body|
- Pain in the site of a tumor
- Swelling around the bone
- Weakened bone, that may lead to fracture
- Weight loss
- Tumors that develop in or around the joints can cause swelling and tenderness and limit the range of movement.
- The type of sarcoma
- The location, size of the tumor
- How aggressive is the growth of sarcoma
- The extent of the disease; whether it has spread to other parts of the body or not
- Whether it is a newly developed sarcoma or recurred after treating previous cancer
Frequently Asked Questions:
When a sarcoma has spread to other regions of the body, it is labeled stage IV. Stage IV sarcomas are rarely cured. But some patients can be cured if the main (primary) tumor and all areas of cancer spread (metastasis) can be removed by surgery. When it has just gone to the lungs, the chances of success are the highest.
A sarcoma is a type of cancer that begins in tissues such as bones or muscles. Sarcomas are classified into two types: bone sarcomas and soft tissue sarcomas. Soft tissue sarcomas can form in fat, muscles, nerves, fibrous tissues, blood vessels, or deep skin tissues. They can be found all over the body.
If the sarcoma is in an early stage and has not spread from where it started, surgical treatment is usually very effective and many people are cured.