Soft Tissue Sarcoma
(Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma; Angiosarcoma; Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans; Desmoid Sarcoma; Fibrosarcoma; Leiomyosarcoma; Liposarcoma; Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma; Lymphoma (lymphosarcoma); Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor; Rhabdomyosarcoma; Synovial Sarcoma)
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Exposure to certain types of chemicals, such as:
- Chemicals in herbicides and wood preservatives
- Polycyclic hydrocarbons
- Exposure to radiation, including therapeutic, diagnostic, and accidental
- History of angiosarcoma of the liver
- Weak or poorly functioning immune system, including having an HIV infection
- Certain inherited diseases, such as:
- Arm, leg, or trunk—uncomfortable swelling in the affected limb
- Chest —cough and breathlessness
- Abdomen—abdominal pain, vomiting, and constipation
- Uterus—bleeding from the vagina and pain in the pelvis or lower abdomen
- Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
Radiation Therapy (or Radiotherapy)
- External radiation therapy—radiation directed at the tumor from a source outside the body
- Internal radiation therapy—radioactive materials placed into the body near the cancer cells
American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org
National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH) http://www.cancer.gov
Soft tissue sarcoma. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/sarcoma-adultsofttissuecancer/detailedguide/sarcoma-adult-soft-tissue-cancer-soft-tissue-sarcoma . Updated January 17, 2013. Accessed June 24, 2013.
Soft tissue sarcoma. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/soft-tissue-sarcoma . Accessed June 24, 2013.
- Reviewer: Igor Puzanov, MD; Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 05/11/2013 -
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