Sarcoma Awareness Month

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Sarcoma is a rare cancer, deemed the “forgotten cancer”, that grows in the connective tissue of the body. Which includes muscle, bone, fat, nerve, cartilage, blood vessel and deep skin tissue.

Sarcomas are divided into two main groups:

  • Bone Sarcomas
  • Soft Tissue Sarcomas.

With more than 50 different subtypes.

Sarcomas are rare, especially in adults with approximately 1% of cancers diagnosed a year. Where as children under the age of 20, it’s about 15% of cancers diagnosed. It can develop anywhere in the body with more common areas being the legs, hands, arms, head, chest, abdomen, neck, hips and shoulders. At this time there is no known cause for most sarcomas. Although, certain genetic conditions, some chemicals and radiation exposure my increase the risk. A diagnosis is difficult. With no symptoms in the early stages of soft tissue sarcoma other than a painless lump. Because they are so rare and can occur anywhere in multiple forms, sarcoma is often misdiagnosed or undetected.

Sarcoma and treating the whole person

Sarcoma can be treated with a combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. This can take a toll on a person, body and mind. Here are some treatments that may provide some relief from the symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment.

  • Acupuncture – Nausea and Vomiting as well as Pain.
  • Hypnosis – Anxiety, Nausea and Vomiting and Pain
  • Aromatherapy-Nausea and Vomiting, Pain, Stress
  • Massage– Anxiety, Fatigue, Pain and Stress.
  • Music Therapy– Stress, Pain, depression & Anxiety
  • Meditation– Anxiety and Stress
  • Exercise– Fatigue, Sleep Problems and Stress
  • Tai Chi– Stress
  • Yoga– Fatigue, Sleep Problems and Stress
  • Relaxation Techniques– Anxiety, Fatigue and Sleep Problems

Remember to work closely with your doctor to determine what the right balance between alternative and traditional treatments are.

For more information in Texas go to MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston. They will be able to get you on a path best for you.