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Pediatric Soft Tissue Sarcoma Prevention and Screening

Pediatric Soft Tissue Sarcoma Screening

Cancer screening exams are important medical tests done when you’re at risk but don’t have symptoms. They help find cancer at its earliest stage, when the chances for successful treatment are highest.
Unfortunately, no routine screening tests have been shown to be effective in soft tissue sarcoma. However, if a genetic condition runs in your family, be sure to tell your child’s doctor. Your child may need to be followed closely.

Pediatric Soft Tissue Sarcoma Risk Factors

Anything that increases your child’s likelihood of developing soft tissue sarcoma is a risk factor. These include:

  • Inherited genetic conditions such as:
    • Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1)
    • Li-Fraumeni syndrome
    • Inherited retinoblastoma
    • Werner syndrome
  • Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
  • HIV/AIDS and Epstein-Barr virus
  • Age: Teenagers and infants under 1 year of age are at higher risk

If your child has a risk factor for soft tissue sarcoma, it does not mean your child will develop the disease. However, if any of the above disorders run in your family, be sure to tell your child’s doctor. Genetic testing may be suggested.

If your child has been diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • One of few medical teams dedicated to pediatric soft tissue sarcoma
  • Extensive expertise in rare cancers
  • Latest diagnostic tools, specialized pathologists
  • Advanced soft tissue sarcoma surgical procedures, skilled surgeons
  • Clinical trials of new soft tissue sarcoma therapies
  • Comprehensive support services for children and family-centered care

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