Soft Tissue Sarcomas | Symptoms & Causes

What are the symptoms of soft tissue sarcoma?

While each disease has its own specific symptoms, the most common symptoms of soft tissue sarcoma may include a painless lump, soreness caused by compressed nerves or limping or other difficulty using the legs and feet

Keep in mind that some similar symptoms can be associated with more common medical problems and conditions. It is important to consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.

What causes soft tissue sarcoma?

In most cases, doctors don't know what leads to soft tissue sarcomas, but many suspect that the cancer's origin is genetic. Soft tissue sarcoma is not associated with environmental factors, and it is important to keep in mind that there is nothing you could have done, or avoided doing, that would have prevented the tumor from developing.

Limited studies have shown a possible link between soft tissue sarcomas and the development of other types of cancer. Some inherited diseases have also been associated with an increased risk of developing soft tissue sarcomas including Li-Fraumeni syndrome or neurofibromatosis. For some soft tissue tumors, there seems to an association with an Epstein-Barr virus infection.