- How are soft tissue sarcomas treated?
- Surgery for soft tissue sarcomas
- Radiation therapy for soft tissue sarcomas
- Chemotherapy for soft tissue sarcomas
- Targeted therapy for soft tissue sarcoma
- Clinical trials for soft tissue sarcomas
- Complementary and alternative therapies for soft tissue sarcomas
- Treatment of soft tissue sarcomas, by stage
- More treatment information for soft tissue sarcomas
How are soft tissue sarcomas treated?
General treatment information
Experts recommend that patients with sarcoma have a health care team made up of doctors from different specialties, such as:
- An orthopedic surgeon: a surgeon who specializes in diseases of the bones, muscles, and joints (for sarcomas of the arms and legs)
- A surgical oncologist: a doctor who treats cancer with surgery (for sarcomas of the abdomen and retroperitoneum)
- A thoracic surgeon: a doctor who treats diseases of the lungs and chest with surgery
- A medical oncologist: a doctor who treats cancer with medicines such as chemotherapy
- A radiation oncologist: a doctor who treats cancer with radiation therapy
- A physiatrist (or rehabilitation doctor): a doctor who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move
Many other specialists may be involved in your care as well, including physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, physical therapists, and other health professionals.
After a sarcoma is found and staged, your team will recommend one or several treatment options. This decision is important, so take time and think about all of the choices. In choosing a treatment plan, factors to consider include the type, location, and stage of the cancer, as well as your overall physical health.
The main types of treatment for soft tissue sarcoma are:
It is important to discuss all of your treatment options, including their goals and possible side effects, with your doctors to help make the decision that best fits your needs. It’s also very important to ask questions if there is anything you’re not sure about. You can find some good questions to ask in the section, “What should you ask your doctor about soft tissue sarcomas?” It also is often a good idea to seek a second opinion. A second opinion can provide more information and help you feel more confident about the chosen treatment plan. Some insurance companies require a second opinion before they will agree to pay for treatments.
Last Medical Review: 10/21/2013
Last Revised: 02/06/2014