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What is sarcoma?

What is sarcoma?

Cancer: Sarcomas are cancers derived from "mesenchymal" tissues, generally referred to as bone and soft tissue. These differ from carcinomas that are derived from epithelial tissue. Sarcomas are less common and tend to behave differently than carcinomas. ...Read more

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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 a sarcoma...

What a sarcoma...

A cancer : Sarcomas are relatively uncommon tumors that arise from connective tissue. Sarcomas can arise from fat, muscle, cartilage, bone or bone marrow. They can show up just about anywhere. They tend to be slower growing tumors and often do not respond well to chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Surgery is often the first and best treatment for soft tissue sarcomas. ...Read more

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What is sarcoma versus metastatic disease versus lymphoma versus paraganglioma?

What is sarcoma versus metastatic disease versus lymphoma versus paraganglioma?

Different lesions: A sarcoma is a malignant lesion arising from connective and not glandular tissue such as visceral leiomyosarcoma of uterus or stomach. metastatic disease represents spread of tumor that may arise from a sarcoma or carcinoma, lymphoma is a malignant form of blood cellular disease and paraganglioma is the benign form of the lesion arising from nerve tissue. All represent different forms of disease. ...Read more

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What do sarcomas in thigh feel like?

Solid: They would feel like solid masses under the skin that are fixed in place sometimes with overlying skin discoloration. ...Read more

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What is Ewing's sarcoma?

Adolescent bone Ca: Ewing sarcoma is a malignant bone tumor of childhood. It appears in adolescents between the ages of 10 and 20 years old. It is the second most common bone cancer after osteosarcoma originating mostly long and large bones. . Approximately 1 in 4 children will have metastatic disease at the time of diagnosis A five drug regimen of vincristine, doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, ifosfamide, and etoposide is now most commonly used for treatment. ...Read more

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What is asteroid sarcoma?

Immediately: Seek out a 2nd opinion. I have not heard of that diagnosis. Sometimes inexperienced pathologists may make that diagnosis. If you have been given a diagnosis of sarcoma, it is imperative that you seek out a 2nd opinion from an expert pathologist in sarcoma. I have been trained in sarcoma from MD Anderson Cancer Center and offer free consults david.stockman@orthopath.com ...Read more

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What is asteroid sarcoma?

Osteosarcoma?: While "asteroid sarcoma" is not described in the medical or astronomy literature, it sounds a lot like osteosarcoma, so I presume that was the question. Osteosarcoma is a rare cancer of bones that usually occurs in teenagers. Treatment is with chemotherapy and surgery. In many cases, it can be cured, especially if it is caught before it spreads. Amputation is required only rarely. ...Read more

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What is ewing's sarcoma exactly?

What is ewing's sarcoma exactly?

Rare cancer: It is a rare cancer which usually occurs in teenagers and young adults. It more commonly occurs in bones such as the thigh bone and pelvis, but can occur in other bones and soft tissues. The usual treatment is chemotherapy and surgical removal of tumor. Sometimes radiation is used in addition to or even instead of surgery if surgery would not remove entire tumor or would be to debilitating. ...Read more

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What is unspecified sarcoma? Is it serious?

Immediately: Seek out a 2nd opinion. Sometimes inexperienced pathologists make that diagnosis if they have not received proper training. If you have been given a diagnosis of sarcoma, it is imperative that you seek out a 2nd opinion from an expert pathologist in sarcoma. I have been trained in sarcoma from MD Anderson Cancer Center and offer free consults david.stockman@orthopath.com ...Read more

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What is unspecified sarcoma? Is it serious?

Yes: When a lesion is resected whether primary or metastatic and the composition appears to be ill defined but possibly adenocarcinoma, there may be a mixture of cells in the tumor mass, spindle in shape that stain with certain antibodies suggesting sarcomatous origin but with no specific primary noted. These are considered unspecified sarcomatous cells that may make the lesion more aggressive. ...Read more