What is liposarcoma?

Liposarcoma is a cancerous soft tissue tumor that develops in fat tissue. It’s usually found in the abdominal cavity or extremities (such as the thigh or upper arm), but it can occur anywhere in the body.

  • Liposarcoma tumors can exist for a long time before they are discovered.
  • Liposarcoma does not usually spread to other parts of the body beyond its original location.
  • Liposarcoma typically occurs in adults and is very rare in children. The three primary subtypes of liposarcoma include well-differentiated, which are low-grade tumors that may recur locally but don’t spread; myxoid, which is the type that children usually have; and pleomorphic, which are aggressive and highly malignant.

How Dana-Farber/Boston Children's approaches liposarcoma

Children with liposarcoma are treated through the Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Our integrated program offers the combined expertise of a leading cancer center and a world-renown children’s hospital.

  • 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 surgeons have specialized expertise in complex surgeries that may be used in the care of a child with liposarcoma.
  • Our pediatric oncologists have access to, and often lead, some of the most innovative clinical trials for soft tissue sarcomas, including liposarcoma.

Learn more about liposarcoma

Find in-depth information on liposarcoma on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website, including details on liposarcoma symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.