Sarcoma is a type of cancer that grows in connective tissues in the body, such as the bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons and blood vessels. There are dozens of different types of sarcoma – each with their own symptoms, prognoses and recommended treatment paths, but the disease can be categorized as either soft tissue sarcoma that affects soft body tissue or osteosarcoma that targets bone. One of the inherent difficulties with sarcoma is that there is no standardized screening process, nor is there currently anything that people can do to prevent the formation of this cancer. Genetic predispositions or genetic disorders can increase the likelihood for sarcoma formation, but largely speaking, this type of cancer is unpredictable.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, our Sarcoma Program is home to a multispecialty group of medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, registered nurses and other professionals who are dedicated to providing our patients with highly advanced, individualized care. One central component to our treatment process is a tumor board that meets weekly to discuss the specific plan for each individual patient. Treatment options vary depending on the patient and type of sarcoma, but some of the most common treatment methods include:
- Tumor excision
- Radiation therapy
- Supportive treatment to relieve discomfort
Additionally, Moffitt Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-recognized Comprehensive Cancer Center – a distinction that recognizes our leadership in ongoing clinical research trials and our commitment to better understanding sarcoma. When you visit Moffitt Cancer Center, you will have access to innovative treatments that you won’t find anywhere else in the region.