What is cardiac sarcoma?
Cardiac sarcoma is a type of malignant (cancerous) tumor that originates from the muscle or blood vessel cells of the heart. It is a rare and aggressive tumor that tends to metastasize to the other parts of the body. It can develop on the outer surface of the heart or in any chamber of the heart, heart muscles, or blood vessels of the heart.
There is no well-known cause, however, certain genetic mutations are considered responsible.
Signs and symptoms
Signs and symptoms depend on the location or part of the origination heart sarcoma. Common signs and symptoms in patients with cardiac sarcoma are
- Difficulty in breathing on exertion or any physical activity, or during sleep
- Syncope (Sudden loss of consciousness)
- Palpitations (sensation of feeling your heartbeat)
- Coughing up blood or blood-stained mucous
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
- Pain in joints
- The feeling of constant tiredness
- Swelling of neck veins, legs, abdomen and ankles
- Sudden death due to cardiac arrest
The following diagnostic techniques and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are
- Echocardiogram (Ultrasonography of the heart)
- X-ray Chest
- MRI of heart
- CBC (complete blood count)
Removal of the tumor through surgery is the main treatment option.
What Support can we Give for Cardiac Sarcoma?
Cardiac 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 Cardiac 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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