Soft tissue sarcoma is a rare type of cancer that arises from fat, muscle, nerve and nerve sheath, blood vessels and other connective tissues. More than 50 different types of soft tissue sarcoma have been identified.
The most common types are:
- Undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma
- Synovial sarcoma
- Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors
Most soft tissue sarcomas occur in the limbs. These sarcomas can also occur on the body, in the abdomen, in the head and neck area, and in some organs.
Soft tissue sarcomas are best handled by experienced multidisciplinary teams like those at UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center. We are experts at caring for patients with these rare cancers.
Soft tissue sarcomas represent less than 1 percent of all adult cancers and about 10 to 15 percent of childhood cancers.
Why choose UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center for soft tissue sarcoma?
The Cancer Center has a multidisciplinary sarcoma team that includes:
- Orthopaedic surgeons, who specialize in cancer-related surgery
- Pediatric oncology specialists
- Radiation oncologists, who specialize in the treatment of bone cancers
- Medical oncologists, who are adult sarcoma specialists
- Pathologists, who are sarcoma experts and rare tumor pathology experts
- Rehabilitation experts
We will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your case and we will discuss it in our sarcoma team conferences.
As a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center, we offer care delivered by a sarcoma team who specialize in all phases of clinical trials.
We have clinical trial-based treatments available in our Sarcoma Clinic through our partnership with the National Cancer Institute and other organizations for clinical trial-based treatment options for all patients with soft tissue sarcomas.
Clinical trials are available for soft tissue sarcoma patients who have just been diagnosed. There are also clinical trials available for those soft tissue sarcoma patients who have had prior treatments.
The cancer center also offers experimental treatments and first-in-human clinical trials under special programs for soft tissue sarcoma patients who qualify.
Make an appointment
To request an appointment with our team or to make a referral to one of our physicians, please call the main number: 210-450-1000 or 800-340-2872 or email CTRCReferral@uthscsa.edu.