At the OSUCCC – James, cancer research experts focus on studying soft tissue sarcoma prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The OSUCCC – James consistently paves the way in learning more about what causes soft tissue sarcoma — leading to even more highly targeted prevention, care and treatment.
Screening for Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Cancer screening exams can help find soft tissue sarcoma at its earliest stage when the chances for successful treatment, optimal outcomes and fewer side effects are greatest. These tests are usually done when a patient is healthy and has no specific symptoms.
Not only are expert cancer researchers at the OSUCCC – James continually working to detect and diagnose soft tissue sarcoma early, but they are also developing additional tests to detect and diagnose cancer even earlier, leading to improved outcomes, faster responses and fewer side effects.
Soft Tissue Sarcoma Risk Factors
Anything that increases your chances of soft tissue sarcoma is called a risk factor. A risk factor is anything that increases your risk of getting soft tissue sarcoma. Risk factors for soft tissue sarcoma include the following inherited disorders:
- Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1; von Recklinghausen disease)
- Tuberous sclerosis (Bourneville disease)
- Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP; Gardner syndrome)
- Li-Fraumeni syndrome
- Werner syndrome (adult progeria)
- Nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome (Gorlin syndrome)
Other risk factors for soft tissue sarcoma include the following:
- Past treatment with radiation therapy for certain cancers
- Being exposed to certain chemicals, such as Thorotrast (thorium dioxide), vinyl chloride or arsenic
- Having swelling (lymphedema) in the arms or legs for a long time
(Source: National Cancer Institute)
Not everyone with risk factors will get soft tissue sarcoma, but having certain risk factors may increase your risk of developing the disease, so it’s important to talk to your doctor.
If you’ve been diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma, would like a second opinion or would like to speak with a sarcoma specialist, please call The James Line at 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.