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Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Soft Tissue Sarcomas (STS) are malignant (cancerous) tumors that develop in tissues which connect, support, or surround other structures and organs of the body. Muscles, tendons (bands of fiber that connect muscles to bones), fibrous tissues, fat, blood vessels, nerves, and synovial tissues are types of soft tissue.

Management of soft tissue sarcoma depends on the stage of disease and histological subtype.1 Surgery is the mainstay of treatment for patients with localised disease and is often curative. However, as recurrence is likely to occur when tumour cells remain after surgery, adjuvant radiotherapy is often also considered, especially for patients with intermediate or high-grade tumours. Radiotherapy, uses high energy rays to help cure cancers, is also often administered for patients in whom surgery is inappropriate or who decline surgery.1

For soft tissue sarcomas, the specialist healthcare professional may recommend radiotherapy to shrink sarcomas before surgery, help stop the sarcoma returning after surgery, to help slow the growth rate of advanced sarcomas and help relieve symptoms.

Discover classification of sarcomas by histopathology, look at prevalence and more by visiting the The Soft Tissue Sarcoma Knowledge Centre.


References

  1. . Clark MA, Fisher C et al. (2005) “Soft-tissue sarcomas in adults.” N Engl JMed 353(7): 701–11.

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