Tumors of connective tissues are called “sarcomas,” and can be found within fat, blood vessels, nerves, bones, and cartilage. Because this term covers a broad range, sarcoma is classified in two separate groups: bone and soft tissue. While both types are rare, nearly 15 percent of all cancer in young children is sarcoma.
While there is not a direct cause of sarcoma, there are certain risk factors that could contribute to the development of the cancer including:
In order to properly test for all types of sarcoma, a variety of imaging tests and biopsies may be performed depending on the location of the suspected sarcoma and the severity of the injury. In addition, diagnosing the type of sarcoma will come first, as this may dictate the type of test ordered.
|Soft Tissue||This is a rare cancer, making up only 1% of all cancers diagnosed. It can occur in the muscles, fat, blood vessels, tendons, fibrous tissues, and tissues around joints.|
|Bone||Bone sarcomas are typically diagnosed in children and are very rare. This can be primary, which develops in the bone, or secondary, which spreads to the bone from another part of the body.|
While your treatment options will be determined by your physician, they often include the following:
To schedule an appointment or to get a second opinion on your diagnosis, please call the Cancer Center referral line at 1-844-484-3292.