Soft Tissue Sarcomas in Children

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Soft tissue sarcomas are cancerous tumors that begin in the tissues that connect, support or surround organs and other body structures.

  • A soft tissue sarcoma can develop almost anywhere in the body.
  • The cause is unknown, but has been linked to genetics.
  • It’s rare, accounting for less than 1 percent of all new cancer cases each year and 3 percent of all childhood tumors.
  • Treatment may involve surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy.
  • It may exist for a long time before being discovered.

How we approach soft tissue sarcomas

Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center provides comprehensive medical and surgical care for children and adolescents with soft tissue tumors.

We understand that you may have a lot of questions when your child is diagnosed with acute a soft tissue sarcoma.

  • Is it dangerous?
  • Does my child need to be hospitalized?
  • How will it affect my child long term?
  • What do we do next?

We’ve tried to provide some answers to those questions in the following pages, and our experts can explain your child’s condition fully. If you have further questions during your hospital stay, we have a resource room that will help answer your questions.

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 
  • highly skilled and experienced pediatric oncology nurses
  • Child Life specialists, psychologists, social workers and resource specialists who provide supportive care for your child before, during and after treatment

In addition, our cancer center offers the following services:

  • Expert diagnosis by pathologists using advanced molecular diagnostic testing to identify your child’s type of tumor. Knowing the molecular composition of a tumor helps predict which treatments are more likely to work.
  • Access to unique Phase I clinical trials, from our own investigators, and from the Children’s Oncology Group.
  • Expert surgical care from experienced pediatric surgeons, several of whom developed approaches used at centers across the country.
  • Support services to address all of your child and family’s needs.
  • A weekly survivorship clinic, which set the national standard for childhood cancer survivorship care. This weekly clinic offers ongoing care to manage late effects caused by your child’s cancer or the treatment they received.

Pediatric soft tissue sarcomas are cancerous tumors that begin in the tissues that connect, support or surround organs and other body structures.

  • A soft tissue sarcoma can develop almost anywhere in the body.
  • The cause is unknown, but has been linked to genetics.
  • It’s rare, accounting for less than 1 percent of all new cancer cases each year and 3 percent of all childhood tumors.
  • Treatment may involve surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy.
  • It may exist for a long time before being discovered.

How we approach soft tissue sarcomas in children

Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center provides comprehensive medical and surgical care for children and adolescents with soft tissue tumors.

We understand that you may have a lot of questions when your child is diagnosed with an acute soft tissue sarcoma.

  • Is it dangerous?
  • Does my child need to be hospitalized?
  • How will it affect my child long term?
  • What do we do next?

We’ve tried to provide some answers to those questions about pediatric sarcoma in the following pages, and our experts can explain your child’s condition fully. If you have further questions during your hospital stay, we have a resource room that will help answer your questions.

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 pediatric sarcoma specialists:

  • pediatric oncologists, pediatric hematologists, surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists
  • pediatric experts from every medical subspecialty
  • highly skilled and experienced pediatric oncology nurses
  • Child Life specialists, psychologists, social workers and resource specialists who provide supportive care for your child before, during and after treatment

In addition, our cancer center offers the following services:

  • Expert diagnosis by pathologists using advanced molecular diagnostic testing to identify your child’s type of tumor. Knowing the molecular composition of a tumor helps predict which treatments are more likely to work.
  • Access to unique Phase I clinical trials, from our own childhood cancer research investigators, and from the Children’s Oncology Group.
  • Expert surgical care from experienced pediatric surgeons, several of whom developed approaches used at centers across the country.
  • Support services to address all of your child and family’s needs.
  • A weekly survivorship clinic, which set the national standard for childhood cancer survivorship care. This weekly clinic offers ongoing care to manage late effects caused by your child’s cancer or the treatment they received.

Pediatric soft tissue sarcomas are cancerous tumors that begin in the tissues that connect, support or surround organs and other body structures.

  • A soft tissue sarcoma can develop almost anywhere in the body.
  • The cause is unknown, but has been linked to genetics.
  • It’s rare, accounting for less than 1 percent of all new cancer cases each year and 3 percent of all childhood tumors.
  • Treatment may involve surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy.
  • It may exist for a long time before being discovered.
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