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What are the symptoms of adult soft tissue sarcomas?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Symptoms of adult soft tissue sarcoma may not be noticeable until the cancer has gone past its early stages. The first sign is usually a mass or a swollen lump. If the tumor affects muscles or nerves, it may be painful, but this usually is not the case. Other symptoms may vary depending on where the tumor develops. It may cause bloody stool or abdominal pain if it develops in the abdomen area. Since the symptoms of adult soft tissue sarcoma vary so much and can seem like those of other conditions, it is important to talk to a doctor if you notice any symptoms.

Dr. Jill K. Onesti, MD
Surgical Oncologist

A symptom of a soft tissue sarcoma is feeling a mass or a bulge in that area. People often think they’ve bumped this area and developed a bruise or bulge, but the sarcoma wasn’t caused by that bump or bruise. If you notice a new lump or mass, discuss it with your doctor. Further evaluation may include imaging studies, such as an ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This may lead to a needle biopsy. Your doctor will discuss these results with other specialists at a multidisciplinary tumor board. Treatment options may consist of a combination of radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgical resection.

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