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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.
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 36 years experience
Fairly uncommon: Sarcomas are cancers of connective tissue, like fat, muscle, ligaments, and bones. The more common type of cancers are carcinomas, which involve organs like the breast, colon, liver, prostate, lung, etc.

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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.
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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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What are the most common symptoms of sarcoma?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Depends on location: Early sarcomas may have no symptoms. Location of the sarcoma produces specific symptoms such as pain (bone, back, limbs); noticeable mass, and genralized symptoms such as weight loss, fatigue, low blood counts, etc, for advanced cancers.

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