What is sarcoma?
Sarcomas are rare cancers that develop in the muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels and the fatty and fibrous tissues.
There are about 100 different types of sarcoma that fall into three main types:
They can affect almost any part of the body, on the inside or the outside. Sarcomas commonly affect the arms, legs and trunk. They also appear in the stomach and intestines as well as behind the abdomen (retroperitoneal sarcomas) and the female reproductive system (gynaecological sarcomas).
About 3800 new cases of sarcoma are diagnosed each year in the UK which makes up approximately 1% of all cancer diagnoses.
The most common types of sarcoma
- Fibroblastic sarcoma
- Gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST)
- Kaposi’s sarcoma
- Nerve sheath tumours
- Synovial sarcoma
- Ewing’s sarcoma