What are sarcomas?

Also known as: soft tissue sarcomas.

Sarcomas are rare kinds of cancers that affect the body’s soft tissues. They are given different names depending on the type of cell or tissue involved including muscles, tendons, bone, fat, etc.

For example osteosarcomas affect bone, liposarcomas come from fat cells etc. This means that sarcomas can affect almost any part of the body. Sarcomas are also given a “grade” (low or high grade) depending on how aggressive the sarcoma cells seem to be.

Children are affected more frequently than adults.


Reviewed by: Maggie Eidson Fader, MD

This page was last updated on: 1/29/2019 3:21:13 PM

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