Soft tissue sarcoma is a type of cancer that develops in the soft tissues like muscles, nerves, fat, blood vessels etc.
Soft tissue tumours most commonly develop in children's arms, legs, chest, neck and abdomen. Soft tissue cancer can spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body if left untreated.
Soft tissue sarcomas are caused by unknown factors. Some of the risk factors for your child include:
Soft tissue sarcomas come in a variety of forms. Only few types of soft tissue sarcomas are common in children, rest are more common in adults. The common types which we see in children are:
In the early stages, soft tissue tumours may not cause any symptoms. A painless lump or swelling under the skin is the most common symptom. Sarcomas can press on nearby muscles, nerves, organs, and blood vessels as they grow in size, causing:
There are several treatment options available for children with soft tissue sarcomas, including: