What is Sarcoma?

Sarcoma is a cancer of the bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels or other connective or supportive tissue. Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia is one of the few cancer centers in the nation that specifically devotes a multispecialty program to the research and treatment of sarcoma.

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Signs and Symptoms of Bone Cancer and Soft Tissue Sarcomas

The most common bone cancer symptom is pain, which becomes more constant as the cancer progresses. A lump may be felt, depending on where the tumor is found. In addition, swelling may be present in the area of pain. Signs of weight loss and exhaustion may indicate that the bone cancer or soft tissue sarcoma has spread. If you experience any of these signs, you should alert your doctor.

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Prognosis for Sarcoma Patients

The survival rate of bone cancer patients varies greatly, depending on the type of cancer and how far it has spread. It is best to speak with your doctor and cancer care team about your personal chances of cure. This year, over 2,700 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer of the bones and joints. Just over 1,200 will die as a result. Bone cancer is rare and only accounts for 0.2% of all cancers. Approximately 8,000 Americans will be diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma this year and about 3,500 will die as a result.

Experienced Physicians

Our team of sarcoma specialists at Fox Chase Cancer Center includes medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists and orthopedic oncologists. They work closely with Fox Chase pathologists and radiologists to determine the precise type and stage of your sarcoma. The team’s expertise combined with the use of advanced technologies allows them to plan the most effective sarcoma treatment for you.

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