Sarcoma is a type of cancer that can occur in various locations in your body. Sarcoma is the general term for a broad group of cancers that includes tumors that form in the bones and in the soft (also called connective) tissues (soft tissue sarcoma). Treatments for sarcoma vary depending on tumor type, location and other factors.

Types

Sarcoma is divided into different types based on the cells that are involved in the cancer. Types of sarcoma include:

Bone sarcoma

Soft tissue sarcoma

  • Teamwork. At Mayo Clinic, oncologists, pediatric oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, and specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation work as a multidisciplinary team to treat sarcoma. Other professionals are included as needed.
  • Experience. Sarcoma is an uncommon form of cancer. Mayo Clinic doctors have experience in diagnosing and treating many cases of sarcoma.
  • A full range of treatment options to consider. Mayo Clinic doctors will work with you to review all of your treatment options and choose the treatment that best suits your needs and goals. The range of treatments offered to people with sarcoma includes surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
  • Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked high performing for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all earnings into improving medical practice, research and education. We're constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care — and trusted answers — like they've never experienced.

Why Choose Mayo Clinic

What Sets Mayo Clinic Apart

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people. In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Specialists in oncology, radiation oncology and surgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona care for people with sarcoma.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 800-446-2279 (toll-free) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Specialists in oncology, radiation oncology and surgery at Mayo Clinic in Florida care for people with sarcoma.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 904-953-0853 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Specialists in oncology, radiation oncology, pediatric oncology, surgery, pathology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota care for people with sarcoma. The primary site for treatment of children and adolescents with sarcoma is the Mayo Clinic T. Denny Sanford Pediatric Center in Minnesota.

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See information on patient services at the three Mayo Clinic locations, including transportation options and lodging.

Mayo Clinic cancer research is conducted in coordination with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center receives funding from the National Cancer Institute and is designated as a comprehensive cancer center — recognition for an institution's scientific excellence and multidisciplinary resources focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

At Mayo Clinic you have access to the latest sarcoma diagnosis and treatment advances that result from Mayo Clinic research and from Mayo Clinic's participation in clinical trials sponsored by cooperative clinical research trial networks, including the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology and Children's Oncology Group.

Publications

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic authors on sarcoma on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Jun. 27, 2013