Sarcoma is a broad group of cancers, with over 70 known subtypes that can be grouped into two categories — bone and soft tissue sarcomas. Bone sarcomas can occur in bone and cartilage. Soft tissue sarcoma can form in muscles, fat, nerves, tendons, blood vessels, and joint lining.
Learn more about this rare form of cancer and how it can be treated at The Oncology Institute.
Signs and symptoms of sarcoma can vary depending on the tumor’s location and how far the cancer has developed. Some soft tissue sarcomas have mild symptoms and signs in the early stages. For example, pain and swelling can sometimes be misdiagnosed as other conditions — like growing pains for teenagers or a general sports injury.
As sarcoma worsens, some of the most common signs and symptoms include:
Sarcoma can affect both children and adults. However, it is unclear how sarcoma is caused outside the general knowledge of cancer — cell DNA mutations that grow and divide uncontrollably.
While there is no exact cause, the following factors may increase your risk of developing sarcoma:
Just because your blood test results are normal, sarcoma cannot always be ruled out right away. Instead, diagnosing sarcoma is generally done through other methods, such as:
The Oncology Institute offers the following sarcoma treatment options. Our health professionals will work with you to figure out the best option depending on the sarcoma’s subtype, location, and malignancy:
The Oncology Institute team is experienced in the leading-edge cancer care treatments of today. In addition to sarcoma treatment, we offer comprehensive lab testing, financial counseling, clinical trial availability, and end-of-life counseling for cancer patients and their loved ones.
We recognize that every cancer story is unique, and we are determined to help you along the way. Contact us to request an appointment.