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What is Sarcoma?

Sarcoma is a cancer of the bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels or other connective or supportive tissue. Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia is one of the few cancer centers in the nation that specifically devotes a multidisciplinary program, with an experienced team of physicians, to the research and treatment of sarcoma.

Signs and Symptoms of Bone Cancer and Soft Tissue Sarcomas

The most common bone cancer symptom is pain, which becomes more constant as the cancer progresses. A lump may be felt, depending on where the tumor is found. In addition, swelling may be present in the area of pain. Signs of weight loss and exhaustion may indicate that the bone cancer or soft tissue sarcoma has spread. If you experience any of these signs, you should alert your doctor.

Sarcoma Stories of Hope Patient Stories from Fox Chase Cancer Center

Sarcoma Patient Stories

From surgery to chemotherapy to reconstruction, Fox Chase helped Patricia Cantwell in her recovery from cancer of the jaw.

Learn more about her journey and the experience of others treated for sarcoma at Fox Chase.

Prognosis for Sarcoma Patients

The survival rate of bone cancer patients varies greatly, depending on the type of cancer and how far it has spread. It is best to speak with your doctor and cancer care team about your personal chances of cure. This year, over 2,700 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer of the bones and joints. Just over 1,200 will die as a result. Bone cancer is rare and only accounts for 0.2% of all cancers. Approximately 8,000 Americans will be diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma this year and about 3,500 will die as a result.

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST)

Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) is a sarcoma - a relatively rare cancer that begins in the digestive tract or stomach. Fox Chase is proud to have some of the nation's most experienced oncologists and surgeons who treat GIST - read about these patients.

Experienced Physicians

Our team of sarcoma specialists at Fox Chase Cancer Center includes medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists and orthopedic oncologists. They work closely with Fox Chase pathologists and radiologists to determine the precise type and stage of your sarcoma. The team's expertise combined with the use of advanced technologies allows them to plan the most effective sarcoma treatment for you.

New Treatments for Bone Cancer

The Fox Chase sarcoma team offers new treatments for bone cancer and soft tissue sarcomas, including gastrointestinal stromal tumor (otherwise known as GIST). They work with Fox Chase's physical rehabilitation department and Pain and Palliative Care Program to help relieve bone cancer symptoms.

Clinical Trials

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Through ongoing clinical trials, the team develops and continues to study new and more effective treatments for bone cancer and other types of sarcomas.

Isolated Limb Infusion

When there is an extremity sarcoma (in an arm or a leg), Isolated Limb Infusion (ILI) can concentrate the effects of chemotherapy in the affected area, easing the strain and toxicity on the full body that can accompany standard chemotherapy. It also allows a much higher concentration of the dose than a standard intravenous chemotherapy would permit.

For more information about sarcoma treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center or to make an appointment, call 1-888 FOX CHASE (1-888-369-2427).

[4/1/2013]