Friday, June 15, 2007
What the heck is Sarcoma?
I think we've all have tried to wrap our brains around the idea of what Sarcoma actually is. Well, there are many kinds that start in different parts of the body. The word sarcoma is derived from the greek meaning "fleshy growth". And a growth it is! Sarcoma is a very aggressive form of cancer. The tumor started in Marco's right calf muscle, which had to be removed with surgery. The tissue surrounding the tumor also had to be removed and the area now requires daily radiation treatment to kill off any lingering cancer cells. There are many types of sarcomas. Learning about them can help us find ways of beating this cancer and helping Marco through this.
Here are several types of the cancer and the site where they often originate:
Fibrosarcomas: Cells in fibrous tissue.
Leiomyosarcomas and rhabdomyosarcomas: Muscle tissues
Angiosarcomas: Blood vessels
GIST - gastrointestinal stromal sarcoma: Organs of digestive system
Stromal sarcomas: Supporting tissues
Kaposi’s sarcoma: Skin
Ewing's sarcomas: Commonly bone
Posted by Moshura's Sister at 1:33 PM