West Cancer Center is positioned as the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research. Our team at West Cancer Center offers an unparalleled sarcoma treatment plan for patients across the Mid-South region – collaborating with West’s leaders in radiation therapy, medical oncology, surgical oncology, and research to provide each patient with most individualized care possible.
Sarcoma is a type of cancer that can occur in various parts of your body. This includes a broad number of cancers that includes tumors that form in the bones and soft tissues of your body. Sarcoma is divided into different types based on the cells involved in the cancer. Types of sarcoma in the bone include chondrosarcoma, Ewing’s sarcoma and osteosarcoma. Types of sarcoma that form in the soft tissue include gastrointestinal stromal tumor, leiomysarcoma, liposarcoma and malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor, plus many, many more. There are currently close to 100 different types of sarcomas identified.
A patient with sarcoma symptoms may have one or more of the following procedures to determine your diagnosis:
- Physical exam
- CT scan: a CT scan is a technique for imaging body tissues and organs, during which X-ray transmissions are converted to detailed images using a computer.
- MRI: a MRI scan may be used to clearly define the extent of the tumor and to suggest a tumor type.
- Biopsy: a sample of tissue is removed for examination and to determine a diagnosis.
Your Treatment Plan
Your sarcoma treatment plan will vary depending on multiple factors, including but not limited to your stage of diagnosis, as well as the location of your cancer. Your dedicated team of cancer experts will discuss your treatment options and plan with you, allowing you and your loved ones to consider all possible treatment options for your diagnosis.
Potential treatment options for your diagnosis include:
- Surgery: your physician will remove the entire tumor and all of the affected surrounding tissue. Surgery may also be performed for the removal of tumors that have metastasized to other parts of the body.
- Radiation therapy: often used with chemotherapy and surgery, radiation therapy is the use of high-powered radiation beams to kill cancer cells. To learn more Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center, click here.
- Chemotherapy: a drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy may be used with radiation therapy and surgery to treat your cancer.