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Classifying soft tissue sarcomas by cell type helps to direct a medical care team’s course of treatment. Fibrosarcoma, Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma and Myxofibroma are a classification of tumors that begin in fibrous tissues. These tissues which are found throughout the body hold the body’s bones, muscles, and organs in place.
The disease can be found anywhere in the body with symptoms appearing as a painless lump or swelling in the soft tissues and in a case where a tumor is left undetected, a sarcoma could grow and put pressure on nearby organs, nerves, muscles or blood vessels causing pain or labored breathing.
Our team of oncologists at the Sarcoma Oncology Center are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of all sarcoma subtypes. Dr. Chawla and Dr. Sankhala are considered two of the best sarcoma practitioners worldwide with the ability to develop the most advanced patient-centric treatment available. Patients who come to us for assistance receive personal and individualized attention from the most prestigious oncologists worldwide who are specialists in sarcoma and its numerous forms.
This subtype is comprised of the following variants:
Fibrosarcoma – develops more often in soft tissues than it does in bones. When originating in the bones, a tumor will more commonly affect the legs, arms, and jaw and can matastasize to the lungs.
Myxofibrosarcoma – one of the more common sarcomas found in the extremities of the adult, especially elderly patients. It may also originate in the head and neck region.
Fibromatosis (Desmoid Tumors) – appears as a lump or mass, sometimes following an injury or surgery. There could be a predisposition to this disease in the form of a rare, hereditary disorder that results in the growth of many polyps in the colon and bone and soft tissue tumors.
Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma (MFH) – more often starts in soft tissue (connective tissues such as ligaments, tendons, fat, and muscle) than in bones. When MFH occurs in bones, it usually affects the legs (often around the knees) or arms. It tends to grow locally, but it can spread to distant sites, like the lungs.
Dermatofibrosarcoma – typically occurs in the skin. These tumors only rarely (5-10%) travel to lungs even many years after removal of the initial tumor.
Solitary Fibrous Tumor – a very rare sarcoma, but when present, a tumor can be found in the chest cavity, orbit (which contains the eye), covering of the brain, or pelvic area. There are less aggressive and more aggressive types of this sarcoma.
Sclerosing Epithelioid Fibrosarcoma – one of the more rare soft tissue tumors that often occurs in the extremities and is often found in young adults
Prognosis of Fibroblastic Sarcomas
The treatment options and prognosis (chance of recovery) depend on the following:
- Type of soft tissue sarcoma
- Size, grade, and stage of a tumor
- Rate of cancer cell growth
- Location of tumor
- Recurrent sarcoma
- Patient age and medical history
Each sarcoma is unique as each patient . There are many variables that affect prognosis and treatment. We encourage new patients to consult with their primary care doctor or oncologist regarding their circumstances prior to a medical care decision.
Sarcomas are one of the most complex forms of cancer. Dr. Chawla, Dr. Sankhala and the oncologists at the Sarcoma Oncology Center are well equipped to treat the disease through our multi-modal individualized treatment plans. We consider all facets in preparation for treatment including the grade and stage of a tumor, a patient’s prior cancer care (if any), progress of the sarcoma, biopsy analysis and other individualized factors. We collaborate with renowned surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and radiation oncologists from institutions such as Stanford, USC, UCLA, M.D. Anderson, St. John’s and Cedars Sinai. Working together, we can develop and implement effective multi-modal treatment plans for each patient. Oncologists at the Sarcoma Oncology Center lead in sarcoma research and sarcoma clinical research trials internationally. We have access to the most advanced cancer drugs and can go beyond standard care for cancer when needed.
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Clinical Trials at Sarcoma Oncology Center
At the Sarcoma Oncology Center, our expert oncologists are actively involved in clinical trials of the newest drugs and work with a team of experts to develop the best treatment plan for each individual.
Contact the Sarcoma Experts for More Information
Sarcoma Oncology Center provides all patients with the best possible care and always takes into account the physical and emotional well-being of each individual. Please reach out to us at 310-552-9999 today to schedule a consultation with one of our sarcoma specialists.
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