Sarcoma is a rarer form of cancer that is often difficult to discover right away. This is because tumors are commonly hidden deep within the body, and they can go unnoticed for long periods of time. This cancer is found in the bones and the connective tissues of the body such as fat and muscle.
Sarcoma is rarely found in adults, making up only 1% of all adult cancer diagnoses. This cancer is more commonly found in children. It makes up 20% of all childhood cancers. Although there isn’t a clear cause, family history and exposure to chemicals or radiation may increase the likelihood of developing tumors.
There are two main types of sarcoma: soft-tissue and non-soft tissue. Soft-tissue sarcoma involves connective tissues including muscles, tendons, fat, blood vessels, nerves, and tissues around joints. Non-soft tissue sarcomas include bones (osteosarcoma) and cartilage (chondrosarcoma).
These lumps can be found anywhere but tend to start in the arms and legs.
Symptoms of Sarcoma Cancer
Symptoms depend on the tumor type and location. The first sign will often be a painless lump. As it gets bigger and presses against nerves and muscle it may start to cause pain.
- Lump that can be felt through the skin and may or may not be painful
- Bone pain
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
Treatment of Sarcoma Cancer
Treatment may include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy and depends on the type of sarcoma, location, and if it has spread to other parts of your body,
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