Sarcoma is a type of cancer that begins in the connective tissue of the body.
It's different from other cancers, which are usually carcinomas that start in the tissue cells or organ lining.
Sarcomas are rare in adults, making up about 1 percent of cancers. But, they are more common in children, making up about 15 percent of cancers.
The cause of sarcoma is often unknown, but age and genetics seem to play a role in the disease. Previous radiation therapy also increases your risk.
Depending on the location and stage of the tumor, doctors often treat sarcoma with a combination of:
Sarcoma can start in any location in the body, and there are more than 50 distinct types depending on the tissue involved.
Common types of sarcoma include:
For hard-to-treat cancers, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center offers Sarcoma Specialty Care.
This streamlined sarcoma care brings together experts in:
Even if you've received sarcoma screening or care at another center, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center has treatment options for you.
If you would like to learn more about sarcoma cancer care at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, please call us at 412-647-2811.