Conditions + Treatments

Liposarcoma in Children

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Liposarcoma is a malignant soft tissue tumor that develops in fat tissue. It’s most often found in the abdominal cavity or extremities, usually the thigh or upper arm, but they can be found anywhere in the body. Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center provides comprehensive medical and surgical care for children and adolescents with benign or malignant bone and soft tissue tumors.

  • Liposarcoma does not usually spread beyond its local location.
  • Its cause is unknown but has been linked to genetics and inherited diseases.
  • A tumor may exist for a long time before being discovered.
  • Treatment usually involves surgery and potentially radiation.

How Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center approaches liposarcoma

Our multidisciplinary approach to care ensures in-depth discussion of each case and personalized treatment plans for every patient. We integrate expertise from the following specialists:

  • pediatric oncologists, surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists
  • pediatric experts from every medical subspecialty, such as orthopedics, ophthalmology, physical therapy and radiology, among others
  • highly skilled and experienced pediatric oncology nurses
  • child life specialists, psychologists, social workers and resource specialists who provide supportive care before, during and after treatment

We are conducting numerous research studies to help better understand and treat soft tissue sarcomas.

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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