Sarcoma Treatment News and Information

What are Sarcomas? (Definition)

According to the National Cancer Institute, sarcomas are a diverse and somewhat rare group of malignant tumors which develop in soft tissue and bone. Soft tissue sarcomas form in cartilage, fat, muscle, fibrous tissue, blood vessels, and other connective or supportive tissues of the body.

Although there are numerous types of sarcoma, they can be grouped into two main types: soft tissue sarcoma and osteosarcoma (bone sarcoma). They are further sub-classified based on the type of presumed cell of origin found in the tumor. Some of the types of sarcomas include:

  • Askin’s tumor
  • Sarcoma botryoides
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Ewing’s
  • Malignant Hemangioendothelioma
  • Malignant Schwannoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Alveolar soft part sarcoma
  • Angiosarcoma
  • Cystosarcoma Phyllodes
  • Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP)
  • Desmoid Tumor
  • Desmoplastic small round cell tumor
  • Epithelioid Sarcoma
  • Extraskeletal chondrosarcoma
  • Extraskeletal osteosarcoma
  • Fibrosarcoma
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)
  • Hemangiopericytoma
  • Hemangiosarcoma (More commonly referred to as “angiosarcoma”)
  • Kaposi’s sarcoma
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Liposarcoma
  • Lymphangiosarcoma
  • Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST)
  • Neurofibrosarcoma
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Synovial sarcoma
  • Undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma

Estimates say there are approximately 14,000 new cases of sarcoma diagnosed each year in the United States.

See below for updated news and information regarding Sarcoma including new medical research, treatment options and advancements. 

Latest Sarcoma Treatment News and Research

Cancer Research News: Phase I trial shows that a drug that inhibits the Notch signalling process is active in a range of advanced cancers

(Source: ECCO – The European Cancer Organization) A new anti-cancer drug that inhibits a key cell signalling process involved in many different cancers has shown that it is capable of stopping the progression of cancer and shrinking tumours. Importantly, it has been able to do this in rare cancers that are less well-studied such as adenoid cystic carcinoma ...
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Sarcoma Research: Advanced soft tissue sarcomas respond to a combination of a new and an existing anti-cancer drug

(Source: ECCO - The European Cancer Organization) Researchers working to find effective treatments for soft tissue sarcomas have discovered that combining a new anti-cancer drug with an existing one kills cancer cells not only in the laboratory but also in the first two patients treated with it, leading to unusually long-lasting periods without the disease progressing. Soft tissue sarcomas – ...
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Researchers Discover Promising New Treatment for Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumors – A Rare Form of Sarcoma

(MAYO CLINIC) According to a recent press release, researchers at Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine have discovered a potential cause and a promising new treatment for inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors, a rare soft tissue cancer that does not respond to radiation or chemotherapy ...
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Bone Cancer News: Junk DNA Found to Play Important Role in Development of Ewing Sarcoma

(UNC LINEBERGER COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER) According to a recent press release, researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center report in the journal Cell Reports that certain short, repetitive sequences of DNA, or "junk," play an important role in the development of Ewing sarcoma, a rare bone and soft tissue cancer that occurs most commonly in children ...
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Microwave Treatment Targets Cancer Tumors

(UPI) According to a recent article published in UPI, researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have demonstrated that microwaves can be used to target tumors directly during cancer treatment ...
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Young Girl With Rare Type of Bone Cancer Responds to Therapy Used to Treat Prostate Cancer

(Fox News) A recent story published in Fox News reports that when Maddie Demers’ rare metastatic bone cancer (Multicentric Osteosarcoma) stopped responding to conventional chemotherapy in June, her oncologist advised her parents, Barbie and Mike, to put her under hospice care. However recently, following three rounds of a targeted radiation traditionally used to treat prostate cancer, bone scans suggest the ...
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