July – Sarcoma Awareness Month
The month of July is dedicated to raising awareness of Sarcoma. Sarcoma can occur throughout the body and is used as a general term to encompass a broad group of rare cancers that begin in the bone and soft tissue. Over 70 types of Sarcoma exist and like many other cancers, treatment varies based on type and location.
The word “sarcoma” is a Greek derivative meaning, “fleshy growth.” This growth, or tumor, can take hold in one’s nerves, fat, blood vessels, bones, cartilage, deep skin tissues and muscles. Sarcomas can affect children and adults. Each year an estimated 15,000 individuals are diagnosed with Sarcoma.
Commonly reported symptoms include a noticeable lump or pain anywhere on your body; swelling; fatigue; or weight loss. If you experience any of these symptoms please consult with your health care provider. Treatment may involve surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and/or targeted therapy. For those diagnosed with sarcoma, and interested in participating in clinical research, please visit Mayo Clinic’s Clinical Trials.
A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, causing stress and anxiety when faced with uncertainty. During this time it may be helpful to learn about your diagnosis to assist in making decisions regarding your care. Having family and friends to lean on and confide in can help provide needed support. Lastly, ask your care provider for any support groups or other resources available locally. The American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute can serve as additional sources of information as well.
What has worked for you in learning more about your diagnosis or in your efforts to raise awareness about cancer? We can learn from one another in the quest to educate and cure cancer!
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