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Sarcoma: Important Things to Know

  • Many people have never heard of sarcoma, with less than 20,000 new diagnoses occurring each year. Sarcoma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the cells of soft tissue or bones. The majority of sarcomas are found in soft tissue—including fat, muscles, nerves, tendons, and blood and lymph vessels. Overall, there are over 70 different types of sarcoma that all behave differently, which can make this disease difficult to treat.

    It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of sarcoma and the risk factors associated with this disease. An accurate diagnosis is critical to ensure you get personalized, expert care for your specific type of sarcoma.

    Below are some of the symptoms and risk factors associated with sarcoma.

    Patients who have a suspected or biopsied sarcoma should be seen at a sarcoma center of excellence. Our physicians who specialize in sarcoma review all available tests and results to make an informed diagnosis as a team.

    Learn more about sarcoma and the types, symptoms, and risk factors.

    Medically reviewed by: Jeffrey Farma, MD, FACS