July is Sarcoma Awareness Month
Don’t Ignore Lumps and Bumps!
Sarcoma is a rare type of cancer that accounts for approximately 1% of all adult cancers, but about 20% of all childhood cancers. It is made up of many “subtypes” because it can originate from a variety of tissue structures (nerves, muscles, joints, bone, fat, blood vessels) known as “connective tissues”. The most common location is the limbs since this is where the majority of the body’s connective tissue resides.
Early signs and symptoms may include:
- A painless lump or swelling most often found in the arms, legs, chest or abdomen.
- Bone pain
- A broken bone that happens unexpectedly, such as with a minor injury or no injury at all
- Abdominal pain and/or weight loss
Although lumps and bumps that develop may be benign, your healthcare provider will likely do a physical exam to better understand your symptoms and look for other clues that will help with your diagnosis. Treatment is individualized and may consist of surgical removal of the cancer tissue, and chemotherapy with radiation to treat the cancer cells.
PCHC created a Health Promotion Activity Plan (HPAP) for Sarcoma to plan supports for someone with this diagnosis. The plan can be personalized to an individual’s needs. It can be found at: https://www.pchc.org/images/PDFs/HPAPs/SARCOMA_HPAP.pdf
References and Resources
Sarcoma Foundation of America https://www.curesarcoma.org/sarcoma-awareness-month/