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July Was Sarcoma Awareness Month!
Date:8/1/2014

often mistaken for lipomas, which are a type of benign fatty tumor that can have similar symptoms as a sarcoma. While most patients who develop a lump do not have a sarcoma, it is still important to get it checked out to be certain.

What Causes Sarcomas?

While the cause of sarcomas is not fully understood, a number of risk factors have been identified. These include:

?    Exposure to ionizing radiation
?    Exposure to chemicals such as arsenic, certain herbicides, and vinyl chloride
?    A family history of sarcomas
?    The presence of certain diseases, such as Gardner’s syndrome and neurofibromatosis
?    Exposure to Agent Orange

Sarcoma Cancer Treatment

The Sarcoma Oncology Center collaborates with prominent surgeons, pathologists and radiation oncologists from institutions such as UCLA, USC, Stanford, M.D. Anderson, St. John’s and Cedars Sinai to develop and implement the most effective multi-modality treatment plan for each case. The Center develops a treatment plan based on the grade and stage of the tumor, prior treatments received (if any), progress of the cancer and other individualized factors. The oncologists at the Sarcoma Oncology Center pioneer and provide the most cutting edge sarcoma clinical research trials in the world.

Chemotherapy is the most important treatment available for sarcomas because it is the only form of treatment that prevents and controls the spread of the cancer into the lungs and other parts of the body.

“Although chemotherapy was once extremely toxic, the side effects are significantly lower than they once were thanks to revolutionary forms of treatment,” explained Dr. Chawla. Dr. Chawla has pioneered research for new and effective treatments that protect the heart and kidney, substantially reduce infections and the need for blood transfusions
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