Diagnosed with sarcoma? Let's share

Because sarcomas are rare, I would like to start a conversation to help connect people living with sarcoma or caring for someone with sarcoma.

As you know, sarcoma is the general term for a broad group of cancers that begin in the bones and in the connective or soft tissues (soft tissue sarcoma). There are many different types and sub-types of sarcomas, for example: angiosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Ewing’s sarcoma, fibrosarcoma, gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), Kaposi’s sarcoma, leiomyosarcoma, liposarcoma, malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor, osteosarcoma, pleomorphic sarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, synovial sarcoma and more.

Let’s get to know one another. Why not start by introducing yourself? What type of sarcoma have you been diagnosed with?

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@capricorne1

After one ultrasound and scan that were negatives.
After severals stools and urine analysis that were also negative.
I decided to seek assistance from my surgeon who operated on me last year for an inguinal hernia last year regardings my symptoms, he ask
me to retrieved my scan from the hospital for review with another radiologist, upon review and my symptoms the verdict last week was:
Liposarcoma.
He call a oncologist who his a sumnity in cancer who requested another scan from his location which was done last week and I will meet him
next week.
During 3 months I also visited my family physician who based on those verdicts that I was suffering from anxiety and he prescribed me
some cipralex.
I have an appointment with the oncologist next week.
Question:
Can a liposarcoma be non cancerigen and be a simple mass that can be exrtracted ?
I have abdominal pain,difficulty breathing even sitting and constipation.
Maybe I am wishfull thinking but, glad to see the lights after all those months.
Taking this one day at a time with supports from my family’s.
Claude Turcotte.
Carpe Diem.

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Sorry he could NOT confirmed a Liposarcoma.

@capricorne1

After one ultrasound and scan that were negatives.
After severals stools and urine analysis that were also negative.
I decided to seek assistance from my surgeon who operated on me last year for an inguinal hernia last year regardings my symptoms, he ask
me to retrieved my scan from the hospital for review with another radiologist, upon review and my symptoms the verdict last week was:
Liposarcoma.
He call a oncologist who his a sumnity in cancer who requested another scan from his location which was done last week and I will meet him
next week.
During 3 months I also visited my family physician who based on those verdicts that I was suffering from anxiety and he prescribed me
some cipralex.
I have an appointment with the oncologist next week.
Question:
Can a liposarcoma be non cancerigen and be a simple mass that can be exrtracted ?
I have abdominal pain,difficulty breathing even sitting and constipation.
Maybe I am wishfull thinking but, glad to see the lights after all those months.
Taking this one day at a time with supports from my family’s.
Claude Turcotte.
Carpe Diem.

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Hi @capricorne1 Claude, I'm glad to hear that there is a chance that the mass may be benign. Wishing you the best as you wait for you MRI appointment.

@christine19

Hello! I have a sarcoma in my liver, and possibly in my lungs: epitheleioidhemangioendothelioma! Whew!! 15 syllables! otherwise known as “E.H.E.”. Diagnosed in 2008, I have had two surgeries (one at Mayo in MN), one in Phoenix (where I live), and a debTACE (outpatient) procedure. I have always been asymtomatic, fortunately! I am currently under the care of AZ-Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Mahesh Seetharam, and I am very happy and satisfied inder his care.
Dr.

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Hi @christine19
Welcome to Connect. I'd be interested in hearing more about your experience with DEB-TACE radiation treatment. I've been reading journal article about it online, but would like to hear more about the patient side of the treatment. What is it like? Are you finished with treatments or still getting them?

Hello,

I was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma earlier this year and am looking for others with sarcoma to talk to – it's so rare, I've really not found much in the way of support or information for patients online.

Looking forward to discussing more!

Hello @disneyrn

I am pleased that you found Mayo Connect, welcome. I do not have the same type of disorder you have, but I do have another rare form of cancer, neuroendocrine tumors (NET). Without Connect, I would feel very lonely in this journey.

I encourage you to read the posts of others in this discussion group and feel free to reply or ask them questions.

If you can share more, how was your synovial sarcoma diagnosed? What type of treatment(s) are you involved in right now?

Teresa

@disneyrn, I'd like to introduce you to @superdave, who was also diagnosed with synovial sarcoma. I'm hoping the two of you can connect.

@disneyrn

Hello,

I was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma earlier this year and am looking for others with sarcoma to talk to – it's so rare, I've really not found much in the way of support or information for patients online.

Looking forward to discussing more!

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I have a sarcoma of the blood vessel linings in my liver called epithelioid hemangeoendothelioma—EHE, for short. Diagnosed in 2008; 2 surgeries plus an arterial-delivered chemo therapy since then. Always have been asymptomatic. Doctors also monitoring my lungs, as it’s common to metastisize there too. So far, no sarcoma definitively diagnosed in my lungs.

@colleenyoung

Hi @me67 @udderplace @brinys @deborahe @jeffk @Laydeewinx @sheila2005 @funkynotes @zshivaughn @jacobito @swstar,
I’d like to invite you to the new discussion group for people living with sarcoma. What type of sarcoma have you been diagnosed with? Are you currently in treatment or finished with treatment?

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Hi everyone. I am NED 9 years after diagnosis of high grade undifferentiated uterine sarcoma. Surgery in 2009 by gyn/once in Barrington, IL. AIM chemo and radiation at Lutheran General, Park Ridge, IL. Oncologist wanted to stop screening after 8 years. Knew that sarcoma could come back after that. Now screened yearly at Mayo. Interested in connecting with anyone experiencing late effects of chemo/radiation.

@colleenyoung

Hi @me67 @udderplace @brinys @deborahe @jeffk @Laydeewinx @sheila2005 @funkynotes @zshivaughn @jacobito @swstar,
I’d like to invite you to the new discussion group for people living with sarcoma. What type of sarcoma have you been diagnosed with? Are you currently in treatment or finished with treatment?

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Hello @sarcomasurvivor,

I'm so glad you've joined Connect – welcome!
I’d like to introduce you to @123cheryl @cvandyke @diane060 @kate123 @mdotsie @dezi @skunklady13 who have discussed uterine and endometrial cancer/sarcoma. While it would appear that your diagnoses differ, I thought you’d like to meet each other.

Although this discussion about uterine sarcoma took place a while ago, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/uterine-sarcoma/, I do hope @kathy555 @judithvt @dmas will return to join in share their insights.

@sarcomasurvivor, are you presently experiencing late side effects of the chemo and radiation?

@colleenyoung

Hi @me67 @udderplace @brinys @deborahe @jeffk @Laydeewinx @sheila2005 @funkynotes @zshivaughn @jacobito @swstar,
I’d like to invite you to the new discussion group for people living with sarcoma. What type of sarcoma have you been diagnosed with? Are you currently in treatment or finished with treatment?

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Hi everyone. Initially diagnosed with uterine sarcoma NOS in 2009. Surgery, AIM, radiation at local hospitals in Illinois. Started seeing Dr. Okuno at Mayo when my local oncologist said I no longer needed to be followed. Mayo diagnosed me with high grade undifferentiated uterine sarcoma. 9 years NED. Now yearly scans chest and abdomen.

@colleenyoung

Hi @me67 @udderplace @brinys @deborahe @jeffk @Laydeewinx @sheila2005 @funkynotes @zshivaughn @jacobito @swstar,
I’d like to invite you to the new discussion group for people living with sarcoma. What type of sarcoma have you been diagnosed with? Are you currently in treatment or finished with treatment?

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Hi and thank you for the introductions! I feel like I'm in uncharted waters with a variety of physical issues popping up after 9 years of no problems. GI problems may be due to pelvic adhesions, pelvic floor problems and radiation. Thorough work up at Mayo. Vision problems next with Mayo diagnosing unexplained skew deviation, though some question of thiamine deficiency due to malabsorption. Now fatigue and peripheral neuropathy.

Hello,

I was diagnosed with high grade uterine sarcoma "NOS" in 2009. Had surgery, AIM chemo and radiation at local Illinois hospitals. Was screened for 8 years by my local oncologist, who then said I no longer needed screening as I had no recurrence. Now receive yearly screening at Mayo, a recognized sarcoma center, as sarcoma can reappear years after treatment. Mayo also refined my initial diagnosis to high grade undifferentiated uterine sarcoma. Blessed with good health for the previous 9 years, but now experiencing some apparent late effects of treatment.

Hi, my name is Valerie. I was diagnosed with gastric Leiomyosarcoma, and they believe it is benign but I have all of the symptoms of cancer. They will not know for sure until the tumor is removed. I've tried medications and there are too many side effects. Is there any kind of therapy that will help with pain and breathing issues other than medications that you guys can share? Looking for any help please….

Hi Valerie, You might try acupuncture for pain. Also yoga may help with breathing easier.
Best of luck on your diagnosis. Let’s hope it’s NOT cancer and you get some relief soon. /christine19

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Hi, Valerie. I was diagnosed with a uterine leiomyosarcoma with extension into the colon in February. I have found pain is very personal. Things that have helped me include traditional helps for relaxation of the whole body like massage from a therapist skilled in treating people with serious medical problems, hot baths, imagery and prayer, etc. What has helped me most is craniosacral therapy. I receive it from a physical therapist, therefore it has been covered by insurance. Craniosacral therapy may be learned by any professional who has a license allowing them to touch people therapeutically and that includes pysicians (especially DOs), nurses, chiropractors, massage therapists. There are probably more disciplines and it varies some by state.

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