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Doctor insights on: Synovial Cell Sarcoma

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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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


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What are the symptoms of synovial sarcoma?

What are the symptoms of synovial sarcoma?

Growing mass : Synovial sarcomas tend to occur close to joints. They present as a lump which may grow, either quickly or slowly. Unlike other sarcomas, which are painless, synovial sarcoma may be painful. The name synovial is a misnomer. Synovium is the lining membrane of joints, but synovial sarcomas occur near, not in joints and have nothing in common with synovium. ...Read more

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What are the chances of one surviving synovial sarcoma?

>50% likely cure: Assuming the tumor has not metastasized to the lungs, a majority of patients with this cancer enjoy long-term survival with today's treatments, which are evolving. Since synovial sarcoma has a trademark genetic defect, a specific "magic bullet" may be discovered as has happened for similar cancers. I admire your courage and wish you luck. ...Read more

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How serious is synovial sarcoma?

It's a cancer.: Synovial sarcoma is a rare cancer that arises near joints. Despite the name synovial, referring to the lining of joints, it almost never arises within a joint. Surgical removal is the mainstay of treatment. Radiation is often added to lower risk of it growing back. It is controversial if chemotherapy helps. While the majority of people are cured, it can be a deadly disease. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have synovial sarcoma?

It's a cancer: It usually occurs in the soft tissues near joints. Unlike other soft tissue sarcomas, that are painless, it can be painful. It is treated with surgery and radiation. Use of chemotherapy if the tumor hasn't spread is controversial. If the cancer spreads, it usually goes to the lungs. With proper treatment, chances of survival are quite good. ...Read more

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Any docs familiar with synovial sarcoma? What can you tell me about it?

Rare cancer: It is a rare cancer that usually arises close to joints in younger people. Treatment is with surgery and radiation. It is not clear if chemotherapy helps, but of all sarcoma types, synovial may be more sensitive to chemo than others. If it is caught before it spreads, it can often be cured. If it spreads, it usually goes to the lungs and sometimes the lymph nodes. Need for amputation is rare. ...Read more

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If you have synovial sarcoma how would you know ? Would you feel a lump?

If you have synovial sarcoma how would you know ? Would you feel a lump?

Maybe: Synovial sarcoma is a diagnosis made by microscopic evaluation of biopsied tissue and special stains of tissue and possibly markers done on flow cytometric studies. You may feel an irregularity or bump, depending on the size of the questionable area. Put your mind at ease and be seen by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is synovial sarcoma a serious cancer?

Is synovial sarcoma a serious cancer?

Very: It will invariably kill if it is untreated. If it has spread to the lungs, we presently have no cure. If it has not, with today's therapy (surgery; the value of radiation and/or chemotherapy, depending on the stage of tumor and type of treatment) more than 50% of patients survive 5-years, the majority of these disease-free. Good luck. ...Read more

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What should I know about synovial sarcoma and is it a serious cancer?

What should I know about synovial sarcoma and is it a serious cancer?

Can be: A rare form of cancer which usually occurs near to the joints of the arm, neck or leg.Synovial sarcoma occurs most commonly in the young, representing about 8% of all soft tissue sarcomas.Primary treatment for synovial sarcoma is surgery to remove the entire tumor with clear margins when possible. Treatment can involve chemotherapy and radiation. Localized disease has about 70% five year survial. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for synovial sarcoma?

What is the treatment for synovial sarcoma?

Surgery foremost: There are conflicting results on whether radiation and/or any chemotherapy protocol helps at any particular stage. If the tumor has not spread to the lungs, for most patients a 5-year disease-free survival is more likely than not. Unoperated, the disease is lethal. Good luck, and thanks for asking. ...Read more

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