Sarcomas are... may be defined in the following ways:
Angiosarcomas are also associated with persons who have experienced edema (swelling) of the extremities or who have had radiation treatments following radical mastectomies. Exposure to certain chemicals (Vinyl chloride, thorium dioxide or arsenic) has been linked to angiosarcomas in beauticians and industrial workers in the plastics industry. Prognosis for angiosarcomas is poor due to the high recurrence rate and metastases (spreading).
Dermatofibrosarcoma rotuberans tumors thicken and become prominent or projected above the surface of the skin. The tumor is classified as a cutaneous soft tissue sarcoma that can metastasize. If the tumor spreads deep into the muscle or bone, extensive reconstruction of the area may be required after the tumor is removed. The occurrence in blacks is almost double the occurrence in whites and more common in men than women.
Leiomyosarcoma can be found almost anywhere in the body since it spreads via blood vessels. This cancer is unpredictable. It can be dormant for years then recur. It is resistant to chemotherapy and radiation and is best treated by surgical excision. Anyone who has been diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma is urged to get treatment at a Sarcoma Center. The exact cause is not known for leiomyosarcomas, but studies indicate that genetic and environmental factors play an important part.
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