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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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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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 common symptoms of soft tissue sarcoma?

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 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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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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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 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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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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


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Soft Tissue Sarcoma (Definition)

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 ...Read more