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Dr. Eric Whitman
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Soft Tissue Sarcoma (Overview)

Soft tissue sarcoma (rhabdomyosarcoma) is a condition in which a person has a cancerous tumor of the muscles that are attached to a bone. The more common sites affected are in the head, neck, arms, and legs. Rhabdomyosarcoma is one of the cancers seen in children, and sometimes is accompanied by other birth defects.


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What exactly is soft tissue sarcoma?

What exactly is soft tissue sarcoma?

Soft tissue cancer: Sarcomas are cancers that affect the cells that are part of the support structure of our bodies. The more common type of cancer, adenocarcinomas, start in glands of the body, like breast, colon, lung, etc. But sarcomas start in bone, fat, muscles, ligaments and some parts of the skin, . ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Whitman
56 doctors shared insights

Soft Tissue Sarcoma (Overview)

Soft tissue sarcoma (rhabdomyosarcoma) is a condition in which a person has a cancerous tumor of the muscles that are attached to a bone. The more common sites affected are in the head, neck, arms, and legs. Rhabdomyosarcoma is one of the cancers seen in children, and sometimes is accompanied by other birth defects.


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How does a soft tissue sarcoma appear on an x-ray?

How does a soft tissue sarcoma appear on an x-ray?

Rarely.: If you are talking about a plain, standard, old-fashioned x-ray, soft tissue sarcoma rarely appears because these types of x-rays are really designed to evaluate bones. Soft tissue sarcomas are usually fleshy and better evaluated with ct scans (a different kind of x-ray), or mri. Sarcoma that has spread to the lungs can be see on a plain chest x-ray thought. ...Read more

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Can you get a soft tissue sarcoma without a lump as a symptom?

Yes, but rarely: If the sarcoma is hidden by normal tissues, you will not feel a lump. For example in the thigh, where there are lots of muscles, the sarcoma will not be felt until it is quite large. In the pelvis, it is even worse. The sarcoma may be picked up incidentally if imaging is done for other reasons. If the sarcoma affects nerves or vessels, it may present itself due to pain before a mass is felt. Otherwise, most sarcomas are painless. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of soft tissue sarcoma?

Painless mass: Most soft tissue sarcomas are painless masses. Usually, they will grow in size. Some subtypes, like synovial sarcoma, can be painful. Other reason for pain is compression or invasion of nerves and blood vessels. Most painless masses will turn out to be lipomas, which are benign, but a sarcoma has to be ruled out. To sum it up, a painless mass is a sarcoma until proven otherwise. ...Read more

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What are the signs of soft tissue sarcoma?

Painless mass: Most soft tissue sarcomas, with few exceptions like synovial sarcoma, are painless. Patients and even some doctors are falsely reassured by the absence of pain. Sarcomas may grow quickly or very slowly, but any painless mass has to be evaluated appropriately. While a painless mass can turn out to be a benign lipoma, a sarcoma has to be ruled out. An MRI can readily diagnose a lipoma. ...Read more

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What should I do now if i was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma under year ago?

See a specialist: Surgery is the mainstay of treatment. There are only a few hundred surgeons in the us trained to treat sarcomas. Initial appropriate treatment by a specialist is crucial as incorrect resection may lead to severe morbidity and even amputation. Radiation and possibly chemotherapy are often also needed. After that, frequent follow up is needed to detect if tumor returns or spread. ...Read more

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What are the tests for soft tissue sarcoma?

What are the tests for soft tissue sarcoma?

Biopsy, scans: Typical tests include a biopsy for establishing the diagnosis and blood work. Scans such as ct scans or MRI scans are also performed. ...Read more

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3 irregular lobular mass with slight subcutaneous edema above massconcern for soft tissue sarcoma..Possibly synovial cell. What exactly does this mean?

3 irregular lobular mass with slight subcutaneous edema above massconcern for soft tissue sarcoma..Possibly synovial cell. What exactly does this mean?

Soft tissue sarcoma: The imaging findings are concerning for a soft tissue sarcoma or other aggressive process. You should be evaluated by an orthopedic oncologist or at a sarcoma center. ...Read more

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How to treat soft tissue sarcoma?

Surgery +radiate: The main therapy for soft tissue sarcoma is complete surgical resection with negative (i.e. Clean) surgical margins. Depending on the type and grade of sarcoma, radiation therapy after surgery may also be indicated. Chemotherapy is generally only given if the sarcoma has spread to distant sites. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for soft tissue sarcoma?

What is the treatment for soft tissue sarcoma?

Surgery +/-radiation: In general sarcomas are treated with surgical removal with negative margins which means that the tumor doesn't go up to the edge of the specimen in any area. Depending on the sarcoma type, surgical results, and sarcoma grade, radiation therapy after the surgery may be given. Chemotherapy is reserved for advanced cases. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Sarcoma (Definition)

By definition, it is malignant (i.e., being locally invasive and at least theoreticlally capable of metastasizing), and arises from / mimics muscle or connective tissue elements that are not marrow or immune / white cells. The sarcomas are a tremendously varied and troublesome family of tumors, though thankfully less common than carcinomas and the leukemia / ...Read more


Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more