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). This disease is treated by specialists in the Sarcoma Program.

Pat Bearnson, cancer survivor

When Pat Bearnson was diagnosed with a rare peripheral nerve sheath sarcoma in the summer of 1991, she wondered if she'd ever live to see snow again. It's been 20 years and counting.

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cancer survivor Dan Hedlund

Just three weeks after their wedding, newlyweds Dan and Melanie Hedlund were in for some startling news—Dan had osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

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Jenna Zufelt


Jenna Zufelt was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma at the age of four. After becoming an adult, she visited HCI’s Pediatric Cancer Late-Effects Clinic to gain a new perspective on her medical history and learn to be an advocate for her own health and her daughter’s.

Read Jenna’s story.