How do adult soft tissue sarcomas affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

As the name implies, adult soft tissue sarcomas start in the cells of the body's soft tissue. Examples of soft tissue include blood vessels, muscles, fatty tissue, fibrous tissue, and tendons. When certain DNA mutations occur, it causes an overproduction of cells that form a tumor in the soft tissue. Most commonly, adult soft tissue sarcomas form in the arms or legs, but they can also affect internal organs and other locations. These tumors usually cause a painless lump to form but, depending on what area is affected, adult soft tissue sarcoma can affect the body in a variety of ways. If tumors are not treated, they often grow large enough to cause pain or create other complications throughout the body.

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