Sarcoma Cancer Symptoms

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Sarcoma cancer symptoms are difficult to trace in its early days. However, one comes to know of it when it probably becomes apparent. Sarcoma cancer is generally grouped as, bone cancer and soft tissue sarcoma cancer. The soft tissue sarcoma cancer is more prevalent. This cancer is found to occur more in the people above the age of 30; nonetheless, it might affect teenagers as well. Soft tissue sarcoma cancer is often found in arms, muscles, fat etc. The cancer can be classified as benign (initial stages of sarcoma cancer) or malignant (advanced) cancer. While benign cancer is less dangerous and can be controlled, malignant cancer can be lethal. However, as sarcoma cancer is difficult to trace in its early days, there is a possibility that the cancer will spread to other parts of the body which is a cause for concern. The sarcoma cancer that grows close to the surface of the skin might be easy to detect than the one that remains deeper in the body. The patient comes to know about the latter only when there are obvious signs like swelling and pain. But normally by that time, the cancer probably has reached an advanced stage. Normally, the sarcoma cancer symptoms go unnoticed because most of them develop in elastic tissues or soft cells wherein they easily push aside other healthy tissues and keep growing. Till those times the patient may be unaware of this, it is only when this becomes noticeable and causes soreness or pain that the person awakens to the fact that something has been wrong. This calls for immediate consultation with the physician. The physician then may suggest some tests to determine the stage that the cancer has currently reached and accordingly prescribe the best suitable treatment.

Some of the most common sarcoma cancer symptoms include the following:

  • Unusual swelling
  • Pain
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Anemia

As per available statistics for sarcoma cancer, 60% people suffering from soft tissue sarcoma cancer have got the disease in arms, hands, leg or feet etc while 20% sarcoma cancer is found to affect chest and abdomen. Remaining 10% is found to occur in parts like neck or head. The soft tissue sarcoma has different names as per the location that it occurs in.

Few of them are as given below:

  • Dermatofibro Sarcoma: This type of sarcoma cancer usually develops under the skin and affects limbs or trunk.

  • Fibro Sarcoma: This sarcoma cancer occurs in fibrous tissues in trunk, arms, legs etc.

  • Synovial Sarcoma: This type of sarcoma cancer is usually seen in children and teenagers. This grows in body parts like joints, ankle or knees etc.

  • Kaposi's Sarcoma: This type of sarcoma cancer usually targets the blood vessels. People suffering with HIV/AIDS are more prone to it.

  • Neurofibro Sarcoma: This type usually attacks peripheral tissues.

  • Rhabdomyo Sarcoma: This kind of sarcoma cancer is often found in children and affects the skeletal muscles.

  • Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma: It is a malignant cancer that is often found in the legs.

  • Lipo Sarcoma: This is a type of sarcoma cancer that affects fatty tissues, often the trunk or legs.

  • Leiomyo Sarcoma: This kind of cancer is found in soft muscles areas like uterus, blood vessels, gastrointestinal tract etc.

  • Lymphangios Sarcoma: This type of sarcoma cancer is most prevalent in areas like lymph vessels and limbs etc.

  • Hemangio Sarcoma: This is a kind of sarcoma cancer that attacks blood vessels is more likely to affect those who have had radiation therapy in the past.

Irrespective of whether a person is suffering from a benign or malignant sarcoma cancer the early the detection the better will be the prognosis. However, treatment always varies from person to person depending upon factors like age of the person, size of the tumor, stage that it has reached, whether it has spread to lymph nodes or other body parts etc. A person should immediately fix an appointment with the doctor if he has had any of the sarcoma cancer symptoms mentioned above.

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