What is the best treatment for synovial sarcoma?

Still under study. Everyone agrees that surgery is foremost. Whether local radiation and/or adjuvant chemotherapy (and if so what kind) are helpful is still up for grabs, with different studies giving different results for different stages of tumor. Unless the disease has spread to the lungs, the chances of long-term survival are generally better than even. Good luck.
It is not. A common dx, unlike its name, does not always occur at joints, but is lumped as a "soft part sarcoma" so it can metastasize to lungs, but unlike many sarcomas, it can also travel to lymph nodes. Resection free margins is key. Even 1 node conveys higher risk of relapse. Statistics don't help. You have a chance!

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What is the treatment for synovial sarcoma?

It is not. A common dx, unlike its name, does not always occur at joints, but is lumped as a "soft part sarcoma" so it can metastasize to lungs, but unlike many sarcomas, it can also travel to lymph nodes. Resection free margins is key. Even 1 node conveys higher risk of relapse. Statistics don't help. You have a chance!
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.

Are there any treatments for synovial sarcoma?

Yes. Treatment of synovial sarcoma is centered on surgical removal of the tumor with a cuff of normal tissue around it (medical term is wide resection). Radiation is given either before or after surgery in many cases. Use of chemotherapy is controversial as it gives a minimal improvement in survival rates at best. Chances of cure are about 60-70% overall, but every case is different.
Yes.. As per NCCN guidelines, patients should be diagnosed and managed at a multidisciplinary sarcoma center when possible. If tumor is localized, surgery and radiation are recommended with chemotherapy generally reserved 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.

Have had a back pain to the left side of the right scapula. Isn't constant. Will flare up and go away. Someone I know has Synovial Sarcoma. Not me! =/?

Cancer is constant. Cancer pain is constant and persistent. Among the possibilities: Muscle strain, rib facet syndrome, pleurisy if it coincides with breathing. These are benign and self-limited. Stay healthy and active.

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.

Is synovial sarcoma a serious cancer?

Yes. It is not. Common, unlike its name, does not always occur at joints, but is lumped as a "soft part sarcoma" so it can metastasize to lungs, but unlike many sarcomas, it can also travel to lymphnodes. Resection free margins is key. Best wishes & good luck.
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.

For a synovial sarcoma are imatinib or everolimusm effective?

These have no. Established role in front line therapy. Are they being offered on a clinical trial? Both are costly, and possibly of theoretic use. Ask for the strength of the data (it will be called a phase ii trial), .

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.
Also. It can be serious. In addition to what others have said, these tumors were originally named synovial sarcomas since they occur near joints. However, they actually are not related to the synovium, the lining of the joint and the usually do not connect with the synovium itself.

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.
Usually. Synovial sarcoma is a type of soft tissue sarcoma. It is very rare. Most patients notice a lump. While most soft tissue sarcomas are painless, synovial sarcoma will sometimes hurt. Rarely the lump is deep and not felt, so pain may be the only symptom. While most sarcomas grow with time, rarely synovial can be the same size for years. Most lumps are benign, but sarcoma has to be ruled out.