What is the Atypical Lipomatous Tumor?
The atypical lipomatous tumor is low-grade cancer that rarely spreads to the other parts of the body but has a tendency to recur after the treatment. It is a mesenchymal tumor composed of mature fat cells and stromal cells. The most common sites for an atypical lipomatous tumor are the thighs, abdomen, chest, head, neck, spermatic cord, and skin.
It is the most common fat cell cancer. The average age of development of the disease is 40-60 years. It is rare in children.
Disease Etiology (Causes)
There is no well-known cause behind the development of an atypical lipomatous tumor.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms vary depending on the area of the body.
- The symptoms of hip or thigh atypical lipomatous tumor are mass or tumor in the hip or thigh region along with pain in the leg.
- Retroperitoneal (abdominal) atypical lipomatous tumor may present with the pain or feeling of fullness in the abdomen.
The following diagnostic techniques and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis these are
- Diagnostic imaging techniques such as USG, CT-scan, MRI, and PET scan can be used to detect the site, size, and extent of the tumor.
- Tumor biopsy
- Histo-pathological examination
Surgical resection (surgical removal of the tumor part of the skin along with the removal of some surrounding healthy tissues) of the tumor is the main treatment option.
What Support can we Give for Atypical Lipomatous Tumor?
Atypical Lipomatous Tumor 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 Atypical Lipomatous Tumor 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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