Sarcoma cells spread very easily, says John M. Kane III, MD, FACS, Chief of Roswell Park’s Melanoma/Sarcoma Service. “If they spill from one part of the body into another, they’ll grow.”
Enclosed in a thin membrane called a pseudocapsule, the cells can spill out during surgery or a biopsy, taking root in the surrounding tissues and making treatment more complicated. That’s why patients need to see a sarcoma expert from the very beginning — if possible, even before a biopsy.
What happens when patients are given greater access to their medical records, including the notes written by their doctors during each visit?
You’re getting ready for treatment and you’re trying to do everything you can to make sure your experience is positive, productive and proactive. But let’s face it, healing journeys are always easier when we look and feel better.