Sarcomas

What are sarcomas?

Sarcomas can originate anywhere in the body including bone or soft tissue. There are more than 30 types of sarcoma. We treat every type, including:

Sarcomas are rare in adults and are approximately 1% of adult cancers however in children sarcomas are about 15% of cancers.

What are the signs and symptoms of sarcomas?

Sarcomas often appear as a soft lump under the skin, usually on an arm or leg. Once a sarcoma grows symptoms may include pain or trouble breathing. You should see your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

What are the causes and risk factors of sarcomas?

Age and exposure to radiation are two risk factors for developing sarcomas. Other risk factors or causes of sarcomas include a family history of sarcomas, previous cancers, exposure to chemicals, injuries, diabetes, and smoking.

How are sarcomas diagnosed and treated?

One of the first steps towards diagnosing sarcomas is a biopsy of the lump that has been discovered. A pathologist will review the tissue under a microscope to test it for cancerous cells. After a sarcoma diagnosis has been made your physician and oncologist will work on a treatment plan for you to fight the cancer. These treatments will be based off a number of factors including the type and stage of your sarcoma. Normal treatment options may include surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Baptist offers patients the opportunity to take part in clinical trials for sarcomas, if you are interested in joining a study contact your physician.

Baptist Cancer Center Sarcoma Center

As the region's most active program for treatment of bone and soft tissue cancers, BCC's Sarcoma Center has a high level of experience with these complex diseases. We draw upon this remarkable expertise to customize your care, using the most-advanced therapies with the least impact on your body.

Research has shown that sarcoma patients benefit from treatment at comprehensive cancer centers, and patients treated at the Sarcoma Center have an outstanding survival rate. Sarcomas demand specialized expertise in diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for maximum quality of life after therapy. It is important to be seen by an expert as soon as possible since most physicians are not knowledgeable about these complex cancers.

Our team approach to sarcoma brings together medical, surgical and radiation oncologists; orthopaedic, thoracic and reconstructive surgeons; specialized pathologists and diagnostic radiologists; as well as therapists and other specialists. They are supported by a specially trained staff, and case management care is provided by a team of oncology nursing professionals.