Treatment Options

Treatment Options

Studies have shown that the first treatment you receive for cancer is the most important. At Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), your multidisciplinary team will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your disease.

Sarcomas are generally treated with a combination of therapies that may include chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Your treatment will depend on the size and location of your tumor, its grade, its subtype, whether the cancer has spread, and the possible impact of the treatment on your body and your general health.

Surgery is the most common treatment for sarcoma. Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or both may be given before or after surgery to reduce the risk of the cancer coming back. If your tumor cannot be removed surgically because of its size or location, doctors may use radiation and chemotherapy to reduce the size of the sarcoma or to relieve pain and other symptoms.

In addition to standard treatment options, SCCA offers a range of clinical studies that may be appropriate for your type of sarcoma. Patients who participate in clinical studies have the first chance to benefit from treatments that have shown promise in earlier research. Learn more about sarcoma clinical studies available through SCCA.

Newly Diagnosed

If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with sarcoma, you’re probably thinking hard about what to do next. Your most important decision is selecting where to get treatment.


Chemotherapy enters the bloodstream and targets cancer cells throughout your body. It can slow cancer’s growth and keep it from spreading.


Most patients with sarcoma need surgery to remove their cancer. The exact surgery that you need will depend on many factors, including the location and size of your tumor.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells.

Proton Therapy

Proton therapy is a precise form of radiation treatment that targets protons at tumors to kill cancer cells. It may be a better choice than conventional radiation therapy for certain sarcomas that are anatomically complex.