Authoritative information and practical advice from the nation's cancer experts about soft tissue sarcoma includes official medical data on signs, symptoms, early detection, diagnostic testing, risk factors and prevention, treatment options, surgery, radiation, drugs, chemotherapy, staging, biology, prognosis, and survival, with a complete glossary of technical medical terms and current references.
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Adult soft tissue sarcoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the soft tissues of the body. The soft tissues of the body include the muscles, tendons (bands of fiber that connect muscles to bones), fat, blood vessels, lymph vessels, nerves, and tissues around joints. Adult soft tissue sarcomas can form almost anywhere in the body, but are most common in the legs, abdomen, arms, and trunk. There are many types of soft tissue sarcoma. The cells of each type of sarcoma look different under a microscope, based on the type of soft tissue in which the cancer began.
Risk factors for soft tissue sarcoma include the following inherited disorders:
* Neurofibromatosis type 1 (von Recklinghausen disease or NF1).
* Tuberous sclerosis.
* Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP).
* Li-Fraumeni syndrome.
* Werner syndrome.
* Basal cell nevus syndrome.
Other risk factors for soft tissue sarcoma include past treatment with radiation therapy during childhood or for the following types of cancer:
* Breast cancer.
* Cervical cancer.
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