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Mercy’s cancer specialists are highly experienced at diagnosing and treating sarcoma. Early detection is the best way to prevent serious complications of sarcoma such as limb amputation. If caught before it spreads, your odds of successful treatment for sarcoma are much higher. At Mercy, you’ll find the latest treatments and technologies for fighting sarcoma, plus the personal support you need throughout your cancer journey.
Sarcomas are rare cancers that form in the bones and soft tissues of the body. It can affect the nerves, muscles, fat, bones, blood vessels and other tissues throughout the body. There are more than 70 types of sarcoma.
Your personalized treatment plan will depend on the type, location and stage of your sarcoma. And your care team may include other Mercy specialists beyond your cancer care team. For example, if you have osteosarcoma, you may receive care from an orthopedic surgeon. Sarcoma is generally treated with a combination of drug therapies, radiation therapy & surgery.
Several types of surgery are used to treat sarcoma, and Mercy surgeons preserve as much healthy tissue as possible. For some sarcomas, surgically removing the tumor is the only treatment needed. For others, additional surgery is required. Examples of procedures include:
Chemotherapy medications travel throughout the body, destroying cancer cells so they can’t grow or multiply. These medications may be given alone or with other treatments like radiation therapy.
Radiation therapy uses high doses of radiation to kill sarcoma cells or keep them from growing. Advanced imaging is used to deliver precisely targeted radiation beams to sarcoma tumors. Radiation can be delivered using a machine outside the body or by implanting a tiny radioactive source in the body (brachytherapy). These therapies can help keep tumors from coming back after surgery.
Targeted therapy drugs identify and attack specific molecules (molecular targets) on cancer cells that help them grow and spread.
At Mercy, we offer comprehensive testing services to diagnose conditions and injuries, including:
At Mercy, we offer compassionate care for a variety of treatment services, including:
Early detection saves lives. Mercy can test for 50 types of cancer before symptoms appear. See if you’re eligible.