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Doctor insights on: Soft Tissue Sarcoma With Metastasis To Lung

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Chances of metastasis to lung of stage II colon cancer?

Chances of metastasis to lung of stage II colon cancer?

Low but not zero: Stage ii colon cancer means no lymph node involvement by definition, but inadequate lymph node sampling (surgical resection) may "understage" the cancer, so make sure enough ln were taken -minimum of 12! even with appropriate surgery, mets may still occur, although very unusual, so discuss with your treating docs. A pet/ct may give some reassurance so ask if this can be done.

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Mom had breast cancer in 2006 & in 2009 metastasis to lung, brain&eye happened. On 2012 tumor spread to bones and liver. Now she can't move easily&tired?

Mom had breast cancer in 2006 & in 2009 metastasis to lung, brain&eye happened. On 2012 tumor spread to bones and liver. Now she can't move easily&tired?

Fatigue: I would suggest getting in touch with a palliative care specialist. Your mom may benefit from optimizing her medications and improving her symptom and pain control. They can also help give advice for your social situation in helping taking care of her. She may benefit from inpatient or outpatient hospice.

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Soft tissue sarcoma - what to expect once diagnosed?

Soft tissue sarcoma - what to expect once diagnosed?

It depends...: You need to know the size and grade of your sarcoma or what was the name given to it. The prognosis is good for smaller tumors (less than 5cm) and for low/intermediate grade sarcoma. But if it was over 5 cm and high grade then there is substantial risk for relapse; so close surveillance is advised.

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What is the definition or description of: Soft tissue sarcoma?

Malignant: A serious malignant cancer of the soft tissue. Usually requires aggressive resection surgery plus additional treatment.

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What are some soft tissue sarcoma treatments?

Surgery primary: Primary treatment of sarcoma is surgery, sometimes accompanied by radiation therapy or less often chemotherapy. New treatments being evaluated.

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How does a soft tissue sarcoma appear on an xray?

MRI is much better: Usually you can only see soft tissue fullness. In some subtypes, like synovial sarcoma, you may see soft tissue calcification or white specks. An MRI with and without contrast is the best modality to look at a soft tissue sarcoma.

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I have to go for an ultrasound to scan for soft tissue sarcoma, what is this?

I have to go for an ultrasound to scan for soft tissue sarcoma, what is this?

Which one?: A soft tissue sarcoma is a cancer of the soft tissues (like muscle or tendon or other soft tissue) an ultrasound is an imaging test using ultrasound waves to look into your body, seeing through the soft tissues, and seeing the edges of bones. Your doctor is evaluating a bump you or they are feeling. An MRI might come next.

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What's the survval time for soft tissue sarcoma cancer patients?

Variable: Most patients with soft tissue sarcomas can be cured and have a normal life span. Even in cases where sarcoma had spread, cure can sometimes be achieved. In cases where it cannot be cured, patients may live from weeks to years. It depends on the sarcoma type and the patient. Nobody can predict survival of any one patient. We only know statistics for large groups.

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How curable is a soft tissue sarcoma of the calf? Expected disease free life expectancy and treatment options?

How curable is a soft tissue sarcoma of the calf? Expected disease free life expectancy and treatment options?

Surgery +/- RT: Most soft tissue sarcomas of the extremities are treated with surgery to completely remove the cancer ("negative" margins) then possibly also post-surgery radiation therapy or rt. Prognosis, and the need for rt, depends on the tumor type and grade, or how aggressively it is growing under the microscope.

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What does a soft tissue sarcoma look like?

Very hard...: To describe. Some are fibrous sarcomas and some are fatty liposaromas. Generally are hard, firm, gritty, gray-yellow rounded densities. Can infiltrate other tissues or can push other normal tissues away. Feels and looks differently than surrounding normal tissues.

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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.

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What is an example of a soft tissue sarcoma is?

What is an example of a soft tissue sarcoma is?

Many types: Some examples are malignant fibrous histiocytoma, dermatofibrosarcoma protuberant, angiosarcoma and leiomyosarcoma. All are basically named by the tissue they originate from.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What are soft tissue sarcoma treatment options?

See below: If the sarcoma is localized, it should be removed by a cancer surgeon. If it has spread, chemotherapy is the best option. A combination of doxorubicin, Ifosfamide and Mesna is commonly recommended.

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How can a soft tissue sarcoma appear on a regular xray?

How can a soft tissue sarcoma appear on a regular xray?

If often: Doesn't. Regular xrays are insufficient for the diagnosis of sarcomas. Mri with contrast is the best noninvasive test for this.

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My mother had soft tissue sarcoma. What is that?

Supportive tissue: Sarcomas are non epithelial tumors arising in every part of the body. They arise in muscle, and subcutaneous tissue as well as retroperitoneum. Tissue of origin is fat, muscle, fibrous supportive tissue, nerve, blood vessel and other structures. In viscera they come from the muscle tissue of the stomach, uterus and blood vessels and classified as leiomyosarcoma.

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What do you suggest if my mother had soft tissue sarcoma?

Sarcoma specialist: Per NCCN guidelines, patients should be diagnosed and managed at a multidisciplinary sarcoma center when possible. Type of sarcoma is critical. If tumor is localized, surgery and radiation are recommended with chemotherapy generally for patients for patients with intermediate or high grade tumors larger than 5 cm. Chemotherapy is the mainstay of therapy for patients whose tumors have spread.

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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.

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