The Battle of Sarcoma Cancer

Devin Dolhon

Devin Dolhon, Writer

Soft Tissue Sarcoma is a rare form of cancer.  This cancer is aggressive and only accounts for less than 1% of all cancers diagnosed.  Few Doctors have experience dealing with this cancer; therefore, it’s sometimes difficult for a patient to get a true diagnosis.  With the lack of research for sarcomas, there is no clear cut treatment for patients.

 

Oftentimes sarcoma can go undetected, as symptoms may not be noticable.  With this the tumors can grow larger, becoming increasingly more difficult to treat. When patients start to show symptoms, they may have swelling in extremities, shortness of breath, pain, discomfort, and dizziness or loss of balance.    

 

There are over 50 different types of sarcomas.  They show up in the soft tissues of the body such as in the back, chest and the arms. And treatment for the different sarcomas can vary. If the sarcoma can be removed surgically, that offers the best outcome for survival of the patient.  If this is not the case, the doctors will order chemotherapy, and or radiation.  

 

Not only is going through the treatment difficult on the patients, but it affects the family members as well.  A feeling of hopelessness is felt by not being able to help take their pain away and watching them slowly deteriorate as they watch them fight against this cancer.  It takes its toll on everyone. So love who you can while they are on this earth.