Soft tissues include muscle, fat, blood vessels, nerves, tendons and joint linings (synovial tissue). Cancerous tumors (sarcomas) of the soft tissue are rare, but there are many types. Because soft tissue sarcomas arise from a number of different kinds of tissue, they can occur anywhere in the body. Outcomes for people with soft tissue sarcomas depend on the type, size, grade, stage and location of the tumor, as well as a person's age and general health.
Why choose Mayo Clinic for soft tissue sarcoma
- Experience. Because soft tissue sarcoma is rare, not all doctors are experienced in treating it. Mayo Clinic doctors play key roles in national clinical trials for various types of soft tissue sarcomas.
- Expertise and team approach. The best chance for cure and a good outcome often requires an integrated team. Your team of experts may include radiologists and pathologists, medical oncologists, orthopedic surgeons who specialize in bone and soft tissue tumors (orthopedic oncologists), radiation oncologists, general surgeons, plastic surgeons and other experts, such as therapists and rehabilitation doctors, as needed.
- Newest technology. Advanced imaging equipment helps to carefully define the extent of these cancers. New, high-precision radiation treatments deliver high doses of radiation to the tumor while sparing normal tissue next to it. In certain cases, a boost dose of radiation can be given in the operating room to critical areas along bones, blood vessels or nerves to maximize the chance of cure.
- Comprehensive cancer center. The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center receives funding from the National Cancer Institute and is designated as a comprehensive cancer center — a recognition for an institution's scientific excellence in research and multidisciplinary resources that are focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked high performing for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.
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