Sarcoma

Sarcoma is cancer that begins in the connective tissues of the body. Connective tissue includes bone, muscle, fat, blood vessels, nerves, tendons, and the lining of the joints (called synovial tissue).

Huntsman Cancer Institute's Sarcoma Services Program diagnoses and treats patients of all ages, including children. For information about making an appointment call 801-585-5418.

Types of Sarcoma
Education and Support

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Types of Sarcoma

  • Ewing: A type of cancer that forms in bone or soft tissue. Also called peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumor and pPNET.
  • Kaposi: The most common AIDS-related cancer characterized by lesions (abnormal tissue) that grow on the skin; the mucous membranes lining the mouth, nose, and throat; lymph nodes; or other organs.
  • Osteosarcoma (Bone Cancer): Cancer that forms in cells of the bone.
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma: Cancer that forms in the soft tissues in a type of muscle called striated muscle. It can occur anywhere in the body. 
  • Soft Tissue: Cancer that forms in the soft tissues of the body, which include the muscles, tendons (bands of fiber that connect muscles to bones), fat, blood vessels, lymph vessels, nerves, and tissues around joints. Adult soft tissue sarcomas can form almost anywhere in the body, but are most common in the head, neck, arms, legs, trunk, and abdomen.
  • Uterine: A rare type of uterine cancer that forms in muscle or other tissues of the uterus.

For more information about sarcoma in children, visit the National Cancer Institute.

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Education and Support

When you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, concerns about treatments and managing side effects, hospital stays, and medical bills are common. You may also worry about caring for your family, employment, or how to continue normal daily activities.

Here's where you can go for support:

  • Your health care team can answer your questions and talk to you about your concerns. They can help you with any side effects and keep you informed of all your treatments, test results, and future doctor visits.
  • The G. Mitchell Morris Cancer Learning Center has hundreds of free brochures and more than 3,000 books, DVDs, and CDs available for checkout. You can browse the library, perform Internet research, or talk with a cancer information specialist.
  • Our Patient and Family Support Services professionals offer HCI patients and their families emotional support and resources for coping with cancer and its impact on daily life.
  • The Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness-Survivorship Center offers support groups, classes, and activities aimed to increase the quality of life and well-being of HCI patients and their families.

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Adapted from the National Cancer Institute's Physician Data Query (PDQ®) Cancer Information Summaries
This information last updated on HCI website January 2014

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Tricia ArmijoSarcoma Services
Care coordinator: Tricia Armijo
Phone: 801-585-7180
E-mail: tricia.armijo@hci.utah.edu

Did You Know?

  • Soft tissue sarcomas are rare. In the United States, it is estimated they account for less than 1% of all new cancer cases in adults.
  • Participation in clinical trials is an important treatment option for many people with sarcoma.
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute's Sarcoma Services diagnoses and treats sarcoma cancers in patients of all ages.
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