Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Soft Tissue Sarcoma Symptoms

Signs of sarcoma vary from person to person. Many times sarcoma does not have symptoms in the early stages. Only about half of soft-tissue sarcomas are found in the early stages before they spread.

The location of the sarcoma makes a difference in the symptoms. For instance if they start:

If you have any of the following problems, talk to your doctor:

These symptoms do not always mean you have sarcoma. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your doctor, since they may also signal other health problems.

Soft Tissue Sarcoma Diagnosis

Basil’s team of specialized surgeons and pathologists is one of the most experienced and skilled in the nation in diagnosing sarcomas. In fact, we are one of the few centers in the South Gujarat with specialized doctors who focus on diagnosing only sarcomas.
We have the latest methods and technology to be sure you get the most accurate diagnosis possible. This can make a difference in the success of your treatment.

Accurate Diagnosis is Essential

Since sarcomas are complex and can develop in so many places in the body, they can be difficult to diagnose. However, it’s important to have an accurate diagnosis of the type and extent of the sarcoma before you are treated.
Getting the wrong diagnosis may actually be harmful and make therapy have less chance for success. A biopsy that is not done correctly can cause the cancer to spread and make your treatment more difficult. It is best for the surgeon who does the biopsy to also remove the tumor.
If at all possible, your first biopsy should be at the cancer center where you will receive treatment. Try to go to a cancer center that sees a large number of sarcoma patients and has a specialized sarcoma team that includes specialized pathologists.

Sarcoma Diagnostic Tests

The only way to be certain a tumor is sarcoma is a biopsy (removing a small number of cells to examine under a microscope). Imaging tests may be used before or after biopsy to determine the location and extent of the tumor.

Biopsy

The doctor will choose one of the following types of biopsy depending on where the tumor is.
  • Fine needle aspiration (FNA): A very small needle is placed into the tumor and suction is applied. CT (computed tomography) scans may be used to help guide the needle. Doctors trained to read these types of biopsies then review the small numbers of cells that are drawn into the needle.

    If the test shows that the tumor may be a sarcoma, another type of biopsy probably will be done to remove a larger piece of tissue.

  • Core needle: The doctor uses a needle slightly larger than the one used in an FNA biopsy to remove a cylindrical sample of tissue.
  • Incisional: An incision (cut) is made in the skin and a small part of tumor is removed
  • Excisional: An incision (cut) is made in the skin and the entire growth is removed surgically

Imaging tests,
which may include:

  • CT or CAT (computed axial tomography)
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans
  • PET (positron emission tomography) scans
  • Chest X-ray
  • Ultrasound

Soft Tissue Sarcoma Treatment

Our Treatment Approach
BASIL is committed to providing you with the most advanced treatments for sarcoma with the least impact on your body. Your sarcoma treatment is customized specifically for you by one of the worlds' foremost teams of experts.
Because sarcoma is rare, most oncologists treat few if any patients in their careers. Statistics show that sarcoma patients have better outcomes when they are treated at large comprehensive cancer centers where specialized oncologists have more experience with the disease. Basil treats more sarcoma patients than any other cancer center, which translates to a remarkable level of experience and expertise.
Our surgeons are among the most skilled in the world in surgery for sarcoma. They use the latest techniques, including limb-sparing surgeries, which we helped pioneer. Usually patients are able to avoid the loss of an arm or leg.

Our Sarcoma Treatments

Sarcomas usually are treated with a combination of therapies that may include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. If you are diagnosed with sarcoma, your doctor will discuss the best options to treat it. This depends on several factors, including:
  • The location and type of sarcoma
  • If the cancer has spread
  • Possible impact on your body
  • Your general health
Your treatment for sarcoma will be customized to your particular needs. It may include one or more of the following.

Surgery

Like all surgeries, sarcoma surgery is most successful when performed by a specialist with a great deal of experience in the particular procedure. BAsil surgeons are among the most skilled and recognized in the world. They among the few surgeons in the world who specialize in sarcoma treatment, and they use the least-invasive and most-advanced techniques.
Surgery is the main treatment for soft-tissue sarcomas. The surgeon removes the tumor, as well as a margin of healthy tissue around it to take out as many cancer cells as possible. You may receive chemotherapy or radiation therapy before or after the surgery.
Because of a special type of surgery called limb-sparing surgery, which often is followed with radiation therapy, most patients do not have to have arms or legs removed to treat sarcoma.

Chemotherapy

Basil offers the most up-to-date and advanced chemotherapy options. Chemotherapy may be used as the main treatment for sarcoma or with surgery or radiation. A combination of two or more chemotherapy drugs may be used. Sometimes limb profusion, a special way to give a more focused dose of chemotherapy may be used.

Radiation Therapy

New radiation therapy techniques to target tumors more precisely, delivering the maximum amount of radiation with the least damage to healthy cells.