SOFT TISSUE SARCOMAS
Soft tissue sarcomas are a diverse group of malignant tumors that originate when abnormal cells grow out of control in soft tissues and connective tissues. Soft tissues can be found in any part of the body and include muscles, tendons, fat, blood and lymph vessels, nerves and joint linings (synovial tissue) and can be found anywhere in the body
12,390 new cases of soft tissue sarcomas and 3,260 new cases of bone cancers were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017, with more than 6,540 deaths
Deemed a “forgotten cancer” because of its rarity
In general, there are two types of sarcoma: soft tissue sarcoma and bone sarcoma with more than 50 different subtypes.
The type of sarcoma depends on the kind of cells it arises from. Connective tissues include all tissues that support, connect or separate different tissues in the body. Soft tissue sarcomas, therefore, can grow almost anywhere, but are most common in arms and legs, followed by trunk and abdomen, and head and neck area.
The overall relative five-year survival rate for people with sarcoma is around 50%.
When the sarcoma starts in an arm or leg, the five-year survival rates are slightly higher for each stage when compared with sarcoma that starts in other locations.
Sarcomas are notorious for recurring and metastasizing — despite complete resections.