Why choose us for soft-tissue sarcoma care?
Sarcoma cancer makes up just 1% of adult cancers. Even the most common types of soft-tissue sarcoma are considered rare cancers. Our doctors care for more adult cases of soft-tissue sarcomas than most other centers in Texas. Our exceptional expertise offers you improved chances for success.
You have access to some of the leading minds in musculoskeletal oncology close to home. Our doctors have the latest cancer therapies (including advances first explored in our own laboratories) at their fingertips. While our shared goal is freeing you from disease, we never forget the person behind the diagnosis.
Find out more about our sarcoma cancer program.
What you need to know about soft-tissue sarcoma
- Soft-tissue sarcoma results when cancer cells (called a tumor) develop in the soft tissues that help hold the body together. These cancers can show up in muscle, tendon, fat or nerve tissues. It can form anywhere on the body but most often affects the arms and legs.
- There are more than 50 types of soft-tissue sarcoma. Even the most common types are rare. Our doctors care for a high volume of soft-tissue sarcomas, which helps us offer better outcomes and successful results.
- Each subtype of sarcoma acts differently. Certain types of sarcoma cancer cells grow and spread faster than others. In-house molecular testing tells us which treatments are best for the specific cancer you have.
- Some types of soft-tissue sarcoma are more likely to come back (recur) after treatment has gotten rid of the tumor. Our team will come up with a plan to monitor your long-term health so that we can more easily detect a possible recurrence at the earliest stages.
- Your doctor will explain how any clinical trial treatments may benefit you. To offer more people with sarcoma cancer more promising treatment options than ever before, we participate in all phases of clinical trials.
How to talk to your doctor about soft-tissue sarcoma
You are more than a cancer diagnosis. We understand the weight sarcoma cancer can put on someone’s life, and we’re here to help you through it as best we can. You’re the central member of your care team, and we encourage you to voice questions and concerns at any point.
You might want to ask your doctor about:
- Additional testing, if any, you may need to inform your diagnosis or treatment plan
- Cancer details, including the type of sarcoma cancer, whether it has spread and how it could affect your long-term health
- Treatment options, including clinical trials you may be eligible for, now or later
- Potential treatment side effects and how we can help you continue your normal routine with as little disruption as possible
- Support services, like our active sarcoma survivor support group, where you can get advice and inspiration from people who are in different phases of their cancer journey
Please bring loved ones along to appointments or treatments, if you choose. An extra ear can help you remember important details about your care. Having someone by your side may also make cancer treatment easier.
Types of soft-tissue sarcoma
We treat rare and frequently occurring forms of soft-tissue sarcoma cancer. The most common types include:
- Undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma can start anywhere in the body, such as the legs or back, but may spread quickly.
- Liposarcoma develops in fat cells, often in the thigh or abdomen, and is less likely to spread.
- Leiomyosarcoma starts in the muscle cells that line certain organs like the stomach.
- Synovial sarcoma can start in different types of soft tissues and commonly shows up near joints in an arm or leg.
- Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors develop in tissue that surrounds and protects nerves.