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Soft tissue sarcoma (STS) is a group of malignant tumours that originate in soft tissues. Soft tissues include muscles, tendons, fat, blood and lymph vessels, nerves and joint linings (synovial tissue). As soft tissues are found everywhere in the body, STS may arise anywhere but are most common in the arms, legs and abdomen1.
Yes, soft tissue sarcoma is a rare cancer, accounting for less than 1% of all cancers. Soft tissue sarcomas can occur in both adults and children2.
There are more than 50 types of soft tissue sarcomas. They can occur anywhere in your body but are most commonly found in the arms and legs, and in the abdomen. Most cases are treated with surgery, but depending on the size, type, location and aggressiveness of the tumour, radiation and chemotherapy also may be recommended1.
1. Soft tissue sarcoma,
Mayo Clinic, Dec 2017.
2. What is soft tissue sarcoma?
Web MD, last reviewed December 2017.