Sarcomas are uncommon tumors that demand subspecialty care for the best outcomes. Most cancers are the result of malignant cells growing from the lining of different parts of the body. Sarcoma does not grow from the lining, but instead grows from tissue that does not form a lining (such as fatty tissue or tendons). There are two types of sarcoma:
- Soft tissue sarcomas
- Bone sarcomas
Learn more about soft tissue sarcomas.
Our surgical oncologists manage the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue sarcomas using a multidisciplinary approach. Both our medical oncologists and surgical oncologists have a special interest in the management of soft tissue sarcomas. Our orthopaedic oncologists manage bone sarcomas.
Surgical Treatment for Sarcomas in North Carolina
Surgery is a cornerstone of sarcoma treatment, and will depend on some of the following factors:
- Tumor size
- Degree of differentiation (what the tumor looks like under the microscope)
- Where the tumor occurs in the body
- If the tumor has spread
Our surgical oncologists have special training and experience in managing and treatment sarcoma. We also manage and treat recurrent disease.
Clinical Trials for Sarcomas at Wake Forest
As part of the Comprehensive Cancer Center, we are heavily involved in clinical research and currently have several open clinical trials to investigate new methods for improving the treatment of sarcoma. We strive to make cutting-edge trials available to all of our patients, and insist that participation is always the patient’s choice.