‘If you wish, you can beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live.’
Facing a cancer diagnosis is hard enough without the fact that none of your family members or friends have ever heard about it. The purpose of sarcoma awareness month is to encourage research, drug development, awareness, understanding, support, and education to improve the lives of those impacted by sarcoma.
To create awareness, we should know all about sarcoma. Here we have entailed detail information about it-
The term ‘sarcoma’ comes from the Greek word ‘sarkoma’ which means ‘fleshy growth.’
A sarcoma is a rare kind of cancer. Sarcomas are different from the much more common carcinomas because they develop in different kind of connective tissues, including bones, cartilage, muscles, tendons, fibrous tissues, veins, arteries, nerves, skin, and fatty tissues.
There are more than 60 types of sarcoma; however, they can be grouped into two main kinds:
Develop in soft tissues, such as muscles, fat, nerves, blood vessels, fibrous tissues or deep skin tissues.
Develop in bones.
In 2017, about 12,000 cases of soft tissue sarcoma and 1,000 cases of bone sarcomas will be diagnosed.
The symptoms of Sarcoma may vary from person to person and it also depends on the type as well as the location of the tumor-
In this case, you can see or feel a firm mass that may develop into your body. Some of these masses are painless and some of them can cause pain. A tumor in your abdomen may cause abdominal pain, blood in your stools or vomiting.
Bone Cancer may cause pain in a bone which may come and go, but as the tumor grows, the pain eventually becomes constant. Bone cancer can weaken your bones’ strength, which can ultimately lead to fractures of your bone.
After a proper check-up, if your doctor thinks you may have a sarcoma, you’ll probably need a full exam and tests, including:
The process of sarcoma treatment or cancer treatment depends on what type of cancer you have, where it is located in your body, and whether or not it has spread to other parts of your body, called metastasis. Following are ways of treatment-
Now-a-days, many people diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma which can be cured by surgery. And it means that it is not likely to spread to other parts of the body. However, the survival rate for bone sarcoma is between 50%-80%, if the cancer cells have not spread to different parts of the body. It will be better if all of the cancer cells can be removed by surgery.
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‘In recent years, as the doctors have gained a proper understanding of sarcoma growth patterns and advance technology, the risks of sarcoma spreading decreases day by day. And as a result, survival following treatment for sarcoma has improved tremendously.’