A sarcoma patient's most important treatment is their first. At SCCA, your team of doctors will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your disease.
Sarcoma treatment depends on the size and location of the tumor, its grade, subtype, and whether the cancer has spread. Patients presenting with recurrent disease generally have a worse prognosis than newly diagnosed patients.
Surgery is the most common treatment for sarcoma. If the tumor cannot be removed surgically, it may be permanently controlled with radiation therapy. For a tumor that can be surgically removed, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy may be given before or after surgery to reduce the risk of recurrence. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may also be used to reduce the size of the sarcoma or relieve pain and other symptoms.
In addition to standard treatment options, SCCA offers a range of clinical trials that may be appropriate for your type of sarcoma. Patients who participate in clinical trials have the first chance to benefit from treatments that have shown promise in earlier research. Learn more about sarcoma clinical trials at SCCA.
Most people with bone cancer will have surgery to remove the cancer.
Chemotherapy kills cancer cells that may have spread from your primary cancer, and also makes it less likely that your cancer will return in the future.
Radiation therapy destroys cancer cells left behind after surgery. Sometimes radiation is used to shrink a tumor before surgery.