April 22, 2013 8:00 am

Dr. Kris Gast~ Ask the Pros

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Radiation Oncologist at Fort Smith Radiation OncologyQ: My son has pleomorphic sarcoma.  What kind of cancer is this?

A: Pleomorphic sarcomas are cancers that come from the supporting tissue of the body, such as bone, muscle, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.  This cancer is different from carcinomas, which arise from the lining of organs, and cancer of the blood and bone marrow, which are called leukemia or multiple myeloma.  A pleomorphic sarcoma can also be called a malignant fibrous histocytoma, a name given to a sarcoma when no more accurate identification is possible.  Affecting males more than females, pleomorphic sarcomas occur mostly in extremities.  When this type of cancer is detected in its early stages, a combination of surgery and radiation treatments is usually effective at eradicating the cancer from the body.

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