Sarcoma is cancer of the soft tissues of the body, such as the muscles, connective tissues (like tendons), blood vessels, joints, and fat. Cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control. The cells can spread to other areas of the body. Sarcoma is a general name for several rare cancers that occur in these soft tissues.
Doctors treat this type of cancer with surgery, radiation, or medicines (chemotherapy). Your doctor will treat you based on how quickly or slowly the type of cancer you have may spread, how far the cancer has spread, and your overall health. One or more treatments may be used.
When you find out that you have cancer, you may feel many emotions and may need some help coping. Seek out family, friends, and counsellors for support. You also can do things at home to make yourself feel better while you go through treatment. Call the Canadian Cancer Society (1-888-939-3333) or visit its website at www.cancer.ca for more information.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Jimmy Ruiz, MD - Hematology, Oncology
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