Soft tissue sarcomas are a class of tumors, which have various subtypes including peripheral nerve sheath tumors, spindle cell tumors, hemangiopericytoma, peripheral nerve sheath tumor, myxosarcoma, and fibrosarcoma. Soft tissue sarcomas are locally invasive and have the potential to metastasize or spread to other locations in the body, most commonly the lungs. A histologic grading scheme has been developed which helps predict whether a tumor may be more likely to spread. The tumor grade is determined based upon a surgical biopsy of the tumor. Low to moderate grade soft tissue sarcomas have a low metastatic rate at 8-20%, but high grade tumors have a greater potential for tumor spread at 41-50%. Staging tests are often recommended prior to starting therapy, including chest x-rays and abdominal ultrasound, to evaluate for any additional new findings or evidence of tumor spread. Treatment options most often include: surgical removal of the mass when possible, surgical removal with follow-up definitive radiation therapy, high dose chemotherapy, or low-dose oral chemotherapy.
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