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Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Our Approach

Medical oncologist Dejka Araujo, M.D., has treated a wide variety of soft tissue sarcomas, and has particular expertise in treating gastrointestinal stromal tumors.  

MD Anderson's Sarcoma Center features one of the few medical teams in the world devoted to soft-tissue sarcomas. Our experts customize your care to deliver the most successful treatment, while focusing on your quality of life.

We see more sarcoma patients in a day than many cancer centers do in a year. This gives us a level of expertise and experience that can make a difference in your outcome.

Diagnosis of sarcomas can be challenging, but accurate diagnosis is essential to successful treatment. In fact, having an inaccurate or unsuccessful biopsy can be harmful. Our pathologists are dedicated to sarcoma, and they use the latest, most-sophisticated tests to pinpoint the type and extent of the cancer.

Comprehensive Care, Innovative Research

Using a team approach that brings together specialists from many areas, we offer everything you need for diagnosis and treatment in one location. Our treatments draw upon the latest technology to save limbs, as well as function and appearance.

As one of the world's leading sarcoma research centers, we helped pioneer many advancements used around the world, including:

  • New ways to combine therapies, including surgery, chemotherapy or radiation, to be more successful
  • Advanced chemotherapy agents and novel delivery methods that have less impact on the body
  • Limb-sparing surgery that can help preserve arms and legs in many cases
  • Medicines to fight cancer on a molecular level
  • Ways to deliver more intense chemotherapy

If you have been diagnosed with sarcoma or your doctor thinks you may have 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 in the world dedicated to sarcoma treatment
  • Latest diagnostic tools; specialized pathologists
  • Advanced sarcoma surgical procedures, including limb-sparing surgery
  • Most-advanced chemotherapy agents and delivery methods
  • Genetic testing
  • Clinical trials of new sarcoma therapies

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"You move forward, because you can take cancer with you or you can leave it behind you, and I left it behind me."

Epithelioid Hemangioma Survivor Rhonda Ross

Sarcoma Facts

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 10,500 cases of sarcoma, or 2% of all cancers, are diagnosed in the United States each year. Slightly more than half of these are in males.

Sarcomas can start anywhere in the body. Typically, they develop in the soft tissues that surround, connect or support the body’s structure and organs. This includes muscles, joints, tendons, fat, blood vessels, nerves and tissues. They also can begin in the body’s organs.

Sarcoma Types

Some soft-tissue sarcomas are benign (not cancer), and others are malignant (cancer). There are more than 30 types of sarcoma, making each extremely rare.

Sarcomas are classified into groups that have similar types of cancer cells and symptoms. They usually are named for the type of tissue where they start. Sarcomas within a classification often are treated the same way.

The main types of soft-tissue sarcoma begin in:

  • Muscle tissue
  • Peripheral nerve tissue
  • Joint tissue
  • Blood and lymph vessels
  • Fibrous tissue

Sarcomas of uncertain tissue type: In this type of sarcoma, doctors are not able to determine the exact type of tissue where the cancer began.


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