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Soft tissue sarcoma is often asymptomatic in its early stages. As it grows a painless lump forms which, over time, may cause pressure on surrounding structures such as nerves and muscles, and then cause pain.
The causes of most sarcomas are not known, but risks may be increased if:
Your Doctor will do a physical examination and take a medical history, they may request some of the following tests:
Your treatment will be specific to your case.
After careful history and physical examination, your surgeon will order appropriate tests, in order to get more information on the tumour, and also to determine if the tumour has spread to other parts of the body.
Sometimes a biopsy may be required to confirm the diagnosis. A biopsy is a sample of tissue, taken from the tumour. This is sent to a pathologist who examines the tissue under a microscope in order to confirm the diagnosis. Your case may also be discussed amongst a team of cancer specialists at an MDT (Multi-Disciplinary Team) Meeting prior to elaborating a treatment plan.
Your surgeon will discuss your particular treatment plan in detail and answer any questions you may have at your appointment.
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