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Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Soft tissue makes up muscles, tendons, blood vessels, fat, nerves, and deep skin tissues, but not bones or other organs. A sarcoma is a cancer. In general, soft tissue sarcomas are rare.


About half of soft tissue tumors start in the arms or legs, and the other half are found in the torso, or trunk area.

Understanding Your Diagnosis

Symptoms of soft tissue sarcoma include a painless lump on the body, stomach pain or vomiting, and a lack of appetite or weight loss. These can be symptoms of other conditions as well, so it's important to see your doctor for a diagnosis.

Deciding on Treatment

Your treatment plan depends on your age and health, and the extent of the disease. You may need surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these.

Managing Side Effects

Side effects are common during treatment for cancer, and they vary from person to person. Your health care team will work to ease any side effects you experience.

Advanced Reading

Learn more about soft tissue sarcoma from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Physician Data Query (PDQ®) for patients. It includes information about prevention, screening, and treatment.


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At St. John Providence Health System, we know that you’re a unique individual and not just a condition or a list of symptoms. We treat the whole person.

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