Sarcomas are cancers that arise in the connective tissues, which are cells that hold the body together. Connective tissues include: cartilage, tendons, fat, muscles, and the bones in the body. There are many different “sub-types” of sarcomas, because they can arise in different connective tissues. Although a lot of the lumps and bumps we get are benign, people should have them looked at by a doctor at an early stage in case it is sarcoma. LEARN MORE
If you have a noticeable and unusual lump that isn't going away, bring this to your doctor's attention right away. The only reliable way to determine whether a tumor is benign or malignant is through a surgical biopsy. During this procedure, a doctor makes an incision or uses a special needle to remove a sample of tumor tissue. A pathologist examines the tissue under a microscope. If cancer is present, the pathologist can usually determine the type of cancer and its “stage”. Treatment for sarcomas depends on the stage of the cancer. Treatment includes surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. LEARN MORE
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