Liposarcoma | Diagnosis & Treatment

How is liposarcoma diagnosed?

In addition to a physical examination, a doctor may order the following to diagnose a liposarcoma:

After all tests are completed, doctors will be able to outline the best treatment options.

What are the treatment options for liposarcoma?

The treatment often depends on how far the disease has spread and how aggressive it is. Standard treatment is surgery to remove the entire tumor along with surrounding healthy tissue to ensure that no cancer cells remain.  Radiation therapy and  chemotherapy are used only if surgery alone is ineffective.

Local recurrence of the disease following surgical resection is common and may be avoided with adjuvant radiation therapy. The risk of recurrence increases with high-grade tumors.

What is the long-term outlook for children with liposarcoma?

Survival rates for liposarcoma vary widely depending on the subtype. Myxoid tumors have a five-year survival rate of 80 percent, while aggressive pleomorphic tumors can have a five-year survival rate closer to 20 percent.

Children treated for liposarcoma should visit a cancer survivorship clinic every year in order to:

  • manage disease complications
  • screen for early recurrence of cancer
  • manage late effects of treatment

A typical follow-up visit may include some or all of the following:

  • a physical exam
  • laboratory testing
  • imaging scans

Through our David B. Perini, Jr. Quality of Life Clinic, childhood cancer survivors receive a comprehensive follow-up evaluation from their cancer care team.