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Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Soft Tissue Sarcoma: Soft tissue sarcoma develop in several parts like joints, muscles, blood vessels or nerves. An example of sarcoma that affects joints is malignant tenosynovial giant cell tumor. Other types of soft tissue sarcoma are fibrosarcoma, liposarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, synovial sarcoma etc. Among the overall cancer cases, this type has a small share of 1%. Sarcoma can be controlled by surgical removal in almost 80% of cases. Further radiation can improve the level to 90%. However, there is still a chance for recurrence in the same site or on a different place. The chances are more for recurrence in a different place (30%-50%), whereas it only 5%-20% for the same place recurrence .The rate of survival of persons with soft tissue sarcoma is about 60%. This rate is dependent upon the tumor stage and size, patient's gender, age and other factors.

Diagnostic Procedures Commonly Employed

The diagnosis will be done by examining the symptoms and further medical tests. The doctor will diagnose the disease by analyzing the patient's general health, and the other aspects related to the tumor. The doctor may ask the patient to give him a detailed picture of his/her medical history. The doctor may ask whether you had any tumors or cancers before. He may also enquire about the health conditions of the family members of the patient. Next is the process of physical examination. The doctor will examine the size of the tumor, its impacts on the bone/range of motion.

Tests such as MRIs, x-rays and CT scans are to be done in order to diagnose the disease condition. Tumors are of different types and they have different characteristics on the x-ray. Some create a whole in the bone or dissolve bone. Some may cause to form an additional bone. Urine or blood test may also be done to diagnose the disease. Another test to diagnose the bone tumor is biopsy. Biopsy is done removing a sample tissue from the tumor. The sample tissue will be examined under a microscope. Biopsy is done using two basic methods such as needle biopsy and open biopsy.