Is high grade sarcoma curable?
A sarcoma is considered stage IV when it has spread to distant parts of the body. Stage IV sarcomas are rarely curable. But some patients may be cured if the main (primary) tumor and all of the areas of cancer spread (metastases) can be removed by surgery. The best success rate is when it has spread only to the lungs.
How long does it take for sarcoma to spread?
Delays between tumor recognition by a patient to diagnosis were between 1 and 3 years in most cases. However, in three cases of synovial sarcoma, it took more than 10 years to reach a diagnosis, and in another case of synovial sarcoma, it took more than 5 years.
Can a sarcoma be treated before or after surgery?
If radiation is not used before surgery, it may be given after surgery to lessen the chance that the tumor will come back. Most stage II and III sarcomas are high-grade tumors. They tend to grow and spread quickly. Some stage III tumors have already spread to nearby lymph nodes.
Where can I talk to a nurse about soft tissue sarcoma?
You can also talk about this with the Cancer Research UK nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. There are many different types of soft tissue sarcoma. Your outlook depends on which type you have. If you want to know more about your specific type of sarcoma, talk to your specialist.
What does it mean to have terminal cancer?
What is terminal cancer? Terminal cancer refers to cancer that can’t be cured or treated. It’s sometimes also called end-stage cancer. Any type of cancer can become terminal cancer.
Is there a cure for soft tissue sarcoma?
People now being diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma may have a better outlook than these numbers show. Treatments improve over time, and these numbers are based on people who were diagnosed and treated at least five years earlier.