Soft tissue sarcoma

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Finding soft tissue sarcoma early

When soft tissue sarcoma is found and treated early, the chances of successful treatment are better. Soft tissue sarcoma can cause different symptoms depending on where it develops in the body. Get regular health checkups and see your doctor if you notice a lump or growth or have any symptoms of soft tissue sarcoma.

Some people have a higher than average risk of developing soft tissue sarcoma. You may be at a higher risk if you have:

  • a history of cancer and treatment with radiation therapy
  • certain genetic conditions
  • long-term, or chronic, lymphedema
  • been exposed to vinyl chloride or thorium dioxide
  • certain viral infections, including Kaposi sarcoma herpes virus (KSHV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

Talk to your doctor about your risk. If you are at higher than average risk, you may need a personal plan for testing.

lymphedema

A condition in which lymph fluid builds up in tissues, causing swelling. It may occur when lymph vessels (tubes that lymph fluid travels through) or lymph nodes are blocked, damaged or removed.

Lymphedema can be a symptom of cancer or a side effect of some cancer treatments, including surgery and radiation therapy.

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