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.
- A sarcoma is a type of rare cancer that starts in tissues like bone or muscle.
- About 13,040 new soft tissue sarcomas will be diagnosed (7,370 cases in males and 5,670 cases in females).
- 5,150 Americans (2,770 males and 2,380 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).