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About Sarcoma



Sarcomas are rare cancers arising in the connective tissue of the body, including fat, blood vessels, nerves, bones, muscles, deep skin tissues, and cartilage. Sarcomas are divided into two main groups, bone tumors and soft tissue sarcomas.

Sarcomas comprise about 1% of all cancers diagnosed each year; however, they are more common in children and account for 15-20% of all childhood cancers.  The most frequent location for a sarcoma is in the limbs, since this is where the majority of the body's connective tissue resides.  But they can occur anywhere in the body.  Sarcomas are often hidden deep in the body, and not diagnosed until the tumor is too large to enable a hope of cure.  Sarcoma is sometimes curable by surgery (about 20% of the time), or by surgery with chemotherapy and/or radiation (another 30%).  However, about half of the time sarcomas are totally resistant to any of these approaches - thus the extreme need for new therapeutic approaches. 

At any one time, about 50,000 patients and their families are struggling with sarcoma.  About 10,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and about 5,000 die each year from sarcoma.





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