Soft tissue sarcoma

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This web page from Cancer Australia gives an overview of soft tissue sarcomas, and where they can develop. It also provides information about risk factors, symptoms, and different aspects of the cancer experience.

Follow the links below to read more on each topic, or browse our other resources on soft tissue sarcomas for more information. You can also look at our phases of the cancer journey page to find information specific to diagnosis, treatment, or life after cancer.

  1. Risk factors
  2. Symptoms
  3. Diagnosis

The cells of connective tissues – such as muscles, fat, blood vessels and lining of joints – are where soft tissue sarcomas develop. This group of cancers can therefore develop almost anywhere in the body. Types of childhood soft tissue sarcomas include:

  • Fat tissue tumours
  • Bone and cartilage tumours
  • Fibrous (connective) tissue tumours
  • Skeletal muscle tumours
  • Smooth muscle tumours
  • So-called fibrohistiocytic tumours
  • Peripheral nervous system tumours
  • Pericytic (perivascular) tumours
  • Tumours of unknown origin
  • Blood vessel tumours

Soft tissue sarcoma forms in soft tissues of the body, including muscle, tendons, fat, blood vessels, lymph vessels, nerves, and tissue around joints.

See the following PDQ summaries for information about the following types of soft tissue sarcomas:

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