Soft Tissue Sarcomas

Friday, December 05, 2014

Soft tissue sarcomas are a group of rare cancers that affect the soft tissues of the body, such as fat, muscles, nerves, tendons, and blood and lymph vessels. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about soft tissue sarcomas in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Soft tissue sarcomas are cancerous tumors that originate in the soft tissues of your body.

Soft tissues connect, support and surround other body structures. The soft tissues include muscle, fat, blood vessels, nerves, tendons and the lining of your joints. A large variety of soft tissue sarcomas can occur in these areas.

Soft tissue sarcoma is a cancer of these soft tissues. There are many kinds, based on the type of tissue they started in. They may cause a lump or swelling in the soft tissue. Sometimes they spread and can press on nerves and organs, causing problems such as pain or trouble breathing.

Soft tissue sarcomas arent common. No one knows exactly what causes these cancers. But they are very serious, especially if diagnosed when the disease is more advanced.

Although there are various types of soft tissue sarcoma, they generally share similar characteristics, produce similar symptoms and are treated in similar ways.

Treatments include surgery to remove the tumor, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.