What is Neurosarcoma?
It is a type of cancer that occurs in the connective tissue (nerve sheath) that surrounds the nerves.
What is Neurosarcoma of the Mediastinum?
Mediastinal neurosarcoma is a tumour of the connective tissues of the nerves that innervate the ribs, chest, mediastinum and vertebrae. The mediastinum is the part of the chest or chest cavity that consists of the heart, thymus, part of the esophagus, and the trachea. They are common and either benign or malignant.
Disease Etiology (Causes)
Mediastinal neurosarcomas arise from the connective tissues of the nerves surrounding the nerves.
They account for almost 21% of all mediastinal tumours in adults and 35% of tumours in children. Among them, 1-2% is malignant.
Signs and Symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Chronic dry cough
- Chest pain
- Difficulty in breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Weight loss
- Body pains
- Night sweats
The following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are
- (Computerized tomography) CT-chest and PET scan are standard imaging techniques to rule out mediastinal neuroblastoma.
- Elevated HMA and VMA
- Tumour biopsy and histopathological examination
Surgical resection (surgical removal of a tumour or dead part of an organ) is the main treatment option. Chemotherapy is the treatment of choice in advanced cases.
What Support can we Give for Neurosarcoma (Mediastinum)?
Neurosarcoma (Mediastinum) 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 Neurosarcoma (Mediastinum), 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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