Advanced Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Advanced Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Soft tissue sarcoma (STS) are rare cancers that develop in the connective tissues throughout the body.

Advanced soft tissue sarcoma (ASTS) is a type of cancer that has either spread to distant parts of the body or cannot be surgically removed completely. Treatment for advanced soft tissue sarcoma can include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy.

Diagnosis of ASTS

The diagnosis of STS usually involves biopsy of the tumor, imaging tests, tumor markers, and genetic tests.

Biopsy: A biopsy is a simple procedure where a small sample of tissue is taken from the lesion and examined under a microscope for diagnoses.

Imaging Tests: Imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRI scans may be used to help diagnose soft tissue sarcoma and to determine how far the cancer has spread.

Tumor Markers: In some cases, tumor markers can be used to help diagnose and monitor the progress of soft tissue sarcoma.

Genetic Tests: Genetic testing may also be used to help diagnose soft tissue sarcoma, as well as to determine which treatment options may be the most effective.

Treatments for ASTS

Treatment for advanced soft tissue sarcoma will depend on the type and stage of cancer, the patient’s age and health, and the patient’s individual preferences.

  • Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be used to remove as much of the tumor as possible.
  • Radiation Therapy: In cases where surgery is not possible, radiation therapy may be used to shrink the tumor and reduce symptoms.
  • Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy uses drug therapy to kill cancer cells. It can be used in combination with surgery or radiation therapy to treat advanced soft tissue sarcoma.
  • Targeted Therapy: Targeted therapy uses drugs to target specific molecules or pathways to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells.

Support for Patients with ASTS

Patients with advanced soft tissue sarcoma can find support and resources through a variety of organizations and online support groups.

It is important for patients to talk to their doctor to discuss their treatment options and find the best way to manage their condition. Patients should also seek out social support from family and friends.

In addition, there are organizations and online support groups specifically for those living with advanced soft tissue sarcoma. These groups are a great place to connect with others going through similar experiences and can provide both physical and emotional support.