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Does sarcoma usually cause many symptoms?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Depends: It depends on the type of sarcoma, location of the lesion and stage of lesion. Sarcomas are cancers of the connective tissue, muscle and bone.
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Varies: Sarcomas can arise in bones and soft tissues. In bones they usually cause pain and a mass (swelling). In soft tissues they present with a mass, but are rarely painful. Any soft tissue mass need to be evaluated by a doctor, even if not painful. While sarcomas are very rare, it's not safe to assume that a mass is benign just because it's painless. Rarely sarcomas of bone cause the bone to break.

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