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An Animated Patient’s Guide to Understanding Sarcoma

This resource is intended for sarcoma patients and their families and caregivers. You will find expert advice and information about sarcoma to help you discuss key issues with your health care provider and make important decisions related to management and treatment. Easy-to-understand animations with audio narration and slide shows on major sarcoma disease topics are available to you. We welcome you to this online community resource to improve your quality of life and health outcomes.

What is Sarcoma?

Sarcomas are cancers that arise in the connective tissues, which are cells that hold the body together. Connective tissues include: cartilage, tendons, fat, muscles, and the bones in the body. There are many different “sub-types” of sarcomas, because they can arise in different connective tissues. Although a lot of the lumps and bumps we get are benign, people should have them looked at by a doctor at an early stage in case it is sarcoma. LEARN MORE

How is Sarcoma Diagnosed and Treated?

If you have a noticeable and unusual lump that isn't going away, bring this to your doctor's attention right away. The only reliable way to determine whether a tumor is benign or malignant is through a surgical biopsy. During this procedure, a doctor makes an incision or uses a special needle to remove a sample of tumor tissue. A pathologist examines the tissue under a microscope. If cancer is present, the pathologist can usually determine the type of cancer and its “stage”. Treatment for sarcomas depends on the stage of the cancer. Treatment includes surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. LEARN MORE

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This website is part of the Animated Patient™ series developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc., to provide highly visual formats of learning for patients to improve their understanding, make informed decisions, and partner with their health care professionals for optimal outcomes.

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