Sarcoma – Overview

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with sarcoma, it’s likely that you have a lot of questions. That’s why your local Palmer cancer center has put together this information portal. In it, you will find answers to a number of common questions about soft tissue tumors and their treatments.

Sarcoma: An Easy Definition

The most basic way to think of sarcoma is as a tumor of the body’s soft and connective tissues. Surprisingly, this includes bone, as well as the following tissue types:

  • Nerves
  • Fat
  • Muscle
  • Blood vessels
  • Cartilage
  • Deep skin tissues

Since these tumors can affect such a broad range of tissues over a large area of the body, doctors have classified over 50 subtypes of sarcoma. Each subtype is unique for its speed of spread, growth pattern, and/or the tissue it originates in.

Understanding How Sarcoma is Classified

Regardless of the subtype you are diagnosed with, Palmer sarcoma treatment is based on the stage that the tumor has progressed to. This means that there will be different approaches for a tumor that has not moved into any other tissue than for one that has. It’s important that your treatment plan reflect both the stage and the subtype of the sarcoma you were diagnosed with.

Treatment Options

Currently, all treatments for sarcoma are surgically based. There may be some use of radiation or chemotherapy to help mitigate the effects, but by and large the solution will be surgical.

Use these links to find out more about sarcoma:

Setting up an Appointment

If you are seeking treatment for sarcoma, our staff can help you set up an appointment. All you need to do is call and ask for help, and they will fill you in on everything you need to know to be able to get a referral and a first appointment. Contact us today.