What is alveolar soft part sarcoma?
Alveolar soft tissue sarcoma is a slowly growing soft tissue tumour that can originate from a variety of soft tissues such as muscle, fat, and nerves. It especially affects young people and has a poor prognosis. It is usually diagnosed at a later stage when it spreads to distant parts of the body from its site of origin.
Disease Etiology (causes)
There is no well-known cause, however, certain genetic mutations are considered responsible for the development of alveolar soft part sarcoma.
It is rare cancer and accounts for approximately 0.2% of all soft tissue sarcomas.
Signs and symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- A slowly growing painless mass or lump usually develops at the leg or buttock.
- It can spread to the lungs which resulted in a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing, and coughing up blood or blood-stained mucus.
The following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are
- Imaging tests such as X-Ray, CT scan (computerized tomography), PET scan (Positron emission tomography) help detect the site, size, and location of the tumour.
- Complete blood count (Complete blood count)
- Tumour biopsy and histopathological examination
Surgical tumour resection (surgical removal of the tumour along with some healthy surrounding tissues), along with radiation therapy, is the main treatment option. Chemotherapy is ineffective for soft alveolar sarcoma. Targeted immunotherapy is also an advanced treatment option for soft alveolar sarcoma.
What Support can we Give for the Alveolar Soft part Sarcoma?
Alveolar Soft part Sarcoma is a rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Alveolar Soft part Sarcoma we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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