Sarcoma and Other Soft Tissue Tumors
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with sarcoma — or you just need a second opinion —our sarcoma/soft tissue team is here for you. Whether your tumor is malignant or benign, our experts will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets both your needs and preferences.
The Roswell Difference: Cancer is Our Only Focus
Roswell Park provides care for the whole person. While our surgical, medical and radiation oncologists treat the disease, our patients can also rely on a team of psychologists, social workers, dietitians and other professionals, who work together to provide a full spectrum of integrated care — all under one roof.
We know every patient is unique. That’s why we deliver the highest-quality care, with a treatment plan tailored specifically for you.
- A sarcoma is a type of rare cancer that starts in tissues like bone or muscle.
- About 12,750 new soft tissue sarcomas will be diagnosed (7,240 in males and 5,510 in females).
- About 5,270 Americans (2,840 males and 2,430 females) are expected to die of soft tissue sarcomas.
- The most common types of sarcoma in adults are:
- Undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma (previously called malignant fibrous histiocytoma) - usually occurs in the arms or legs and represents less than 5 percent of adult sarcomas.
- Liposarcoma – begins in fat cells, most common in the thighs and abdomen (belly)
- Leiomyosarcoma - the most common type of sarcoma found in the abdomen
- Soft tissue sarcomas can develop in soft tissues like fat, muscle, nerves, fibrous tissues, blood vessels, or deep skin tissues and can be found in any part of the body.
- Most sarcomas start in the arms or legs and can also be found in the trunk, head and neck area, internal organs, and the area in back of the abdominal (belly) cavity (known as the retroperitoneum).