Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma

What is ASPS?

Alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS) is a malignant (cancerous) soft tissue tumor, which are tumors that start in the soft connective tissues of the body such as fat, muscles, or nerves. ASPS is a very rare cancer in children. ASPS is a slow-growing tumor and usually starts in the legs or arms, although it can also start growing in the head and neck.

It may take a long time before you notice any symptoms in your child. The tumor can spread to other parts of the body and can come back many years later.

ASPS is a serious condition requiring surgical removal of the tumor and, in some cases, radiation. Once the tumor is removed, children need ongoing follow-up care because the tumor can return.

How Dana-Farber/Boston Children's approaches alveolar soft part sarcoma

Children and teens with soft tissue sarcoma are treated through the Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, which combines the expertise of Boston Children's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for world-class medical and surgical care of malignant bone and soft tissue tumors in children and teens.

We provide the full set of options that can be used to treat bone and soft tissue tumors, and our solid tumor treatment team can help you determine which option is best for your child. Our pediatric oncologists have access to, and often lead, some of the most innovative clinical trials for soft tissue sarcomas.

Our surgeons have specialized expertise in complex surgeries, and our radiation oncologists have access to the newest radiation therapy techniques that may also be used in the care of a child with soft tissue sarcoma

Find in-depth details on alveolar soft part sarcoma on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website, including details on alveolar soft part sarcoma symptoms, treatment, and more.