Soft tissue sarcomas develop in supporting or connective tissue such as the muscle, nerves, tendons, blood vessels and fatty and fibrous tissues.
They commonly affect the arms, legs and trunk. They also appear in the stomach and intestines (GIST) as well as behind the abdomen (retroperitoneal sarcomas) and the female reproductive system (gynaecological sarcomas).
The most common subtype of soft tissue sarcoma is GIST.
Below we list some of the subtypes. However, there are rare subtypes we are learning more about everyday.
Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumour (MPNST)
MPNSTs, also known as neurofibrosarcomas, develop in the cells that cover nerves