A soft tissue sarcoma is a type of cancerous tumor that develops in the soft tissues that surround, connect and support the body’s structure and organs. These tumors can begin anywhere in the body, including the muscles, joints, tendons, fat, blood vessels, nerves and tissues.
While there are more than 30 types of sarcoma, it is a very serious yet rare form of cancer that accounts for only about two percent of all cancers diagnosed in the U.S. each year. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 10,500 sarcomas are diagnosed annually. The majority are in men.
In some cases, the exact type of tissue where a sarcoma originated cannot be determined. However, the majority of soft tissue sarcomas begin in:
- Blood and lymph vessels
- Fibrous tissue
- Joint tissue
- Muscle tissue
- Peripheral nerve tissue
At Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, our multidisciplinary team of cancer care specialists has the experience and expertise to diagnose and treat sarcomas virtually anywhere in the body.
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