What is alveolar soft part sarcoma?

Also known as: ASPS, ASP sarcoma, alveolar sarcoma of soft parts

Alveolar soft part sarcoma, or ASPS, is a very rare cancer (sarcoma type) that grows slowly from the connective tissue (the part of an organ that holds the functioning cell together) that usually occurs in children and young adults. As the abnormality only occurs in tumor cells it isn't passed on and it isn't found in other family members. It can however spread to other parts of the body, often to the lungs, brain and bone.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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