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do a lot of people get sarcoma?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Fewer than carcinoma: Sarcomas are cancers of the connective tissue and muscles. These are less common than carcinoma, i.e., cancers of the epithelial tissues.
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 36 years experience
No: Sarcomas are less common than adenocarcinomas, which include the most common types of cancers such as breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Relatively rare: Sarcomas are a diverse and relatively rare group of malignant tumors that develop in soft tissue and bone. Soft tissue sarcomas form in fat, muscles, nerves, joints, blood vessels, and deep skin tissues. It is estimated that in 2011, approximately 10, 980 and 2, 810 americans will be diagnosed with soft tissue and bone sarcomas, respectively.

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Are kaposi sarcomas lethal?

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Can be: Left untreated any malignancy can be fatal. We do have treatments for ks but no treatment is 100% effective.
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How fast does a spindle cell sarcoma grow?

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Lots of variety.: The term "spindle cell" sarcoma is a generic descriptive term that doesn't really give enough information. It would be like asking, "i saw a convertible, how fast can it go?" additional testing often reveals exactly what kind of sarcoma, and then once you know that, you can more accurately discuss the prognosis and the treatment.
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What is sarcoma?

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Dr. Swati Avashia
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 23 years experience
Soft tissue tumor: Sarcomas are uncommon tumors that arise from the soft tissues in your body: muscles, tendons, fat, the lining of your joints, blood vessels, and nerves. They can be very serious, especially if there is a delay in the time to diagnosis.
Dr. George Klauber
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Most sarcomas arise from soft tissues, however they can arise from any mesenchymal tissue including bone. Sarcomas from bone are known as osteogenic sarcomas..
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A 62-year-old member asked:

What is the rate of recurrence for sarcoma?

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It depends.: There are a wide variety of different sarcomas. The most important pieces of information regarding recurrence rates are if the sarcoma is "low grade" or "high grade" (also known as well vs. Poorly differentiated). Also, you should find out the exact kind of sarcoma. For example, is this liposarcoma, or is this a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor? Check with your surgeon or oncologist.
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Do lots of people get sarcoma, or is it unusual?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Not too common: There are about 12,000 new cases of soft tissue sarcoma every year in the US - so yes it is not a common cancer.

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