Types

There are over 10 types of soft tissue Sarcoma that a patient could be diagnosed with. These include:

  • Gastro-Intestinal Stomal Tumours (GISTS):  Most GISTs begin in the stomach or small bowel, but they can occur anywhere along the length of the digestive tract.
  • Leiomyosarcoma:  Develops in the smooth muscle cells including the womb, stomach, intestine and blood vessels. These are muscles which we do not have control over.
  • Fibrosarcomas:  Develop in the cells of the fibrous tissue which is commonly found in the arms and legs but can grow in any part of the body.
  • Liposarcomas:  Develop in the fatty tissue and can grow anywhere in the body. This type of soft tissue sarcoma often appears as soft lumps.
  • Angiosarcomas:  Develop in the cells that make up the wall of blood or lymphatic vessels of the body. Sarcomas in the lymphatic vessels are called lymphangiosarcomas.
  • Synovial Sarcomas: Develop in the joints and tendons around the knee. They often appear as hard lumps.
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma:  Develops from the skeletal muscle cells that you do have control of including the arms and the legs.
  • Maliganant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumours:  Develops in the cells of the nerves of the body.
  • Kaposis Sarcomas:  Develop in cells of the skin but are also commonly found in internal organs, in the mouth, lymph nodes, lung, liver and spleen.
  • Ewings Sarcomas:  Develops in the bones of the body.

For more information on the various types of sarcoma, please follow this link.