Soft tissue tumors are tumors that develop in muscle, fat, fibrous
tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. These tumors can occur anywhere in
the body. Most develop in an arm or a leg.
Soft tissue tumors are broadly divided into benign
soft tissue tumors and soft
tissue sarcomas (cancers). Most soft tissue tumors are benign, which
means they generally do not invade nearby tissues, spread to other parts
of the body, or destroy tissue. Soft tissue sarcomas, however, are
Soft tissue tumors are classified by their cell or tissue type and by
how they behave. Tumor type and behavior both influence treatment.
Treatment can range from observation (for nonaggressive benign tumors)
or a simple surgical procedure (for more aggressive benign tumors) to
complex surgical procedures combined with radiation therapy and,
possibly, chemotherapy (for soft tissue sarcomas).
Soft tissue tumors, particularly sarcomas, are challenging to diagnose
and treat. Good outcomes hinge on making an accurate diagnosis and
tailoring treatment precisely to both the tumor and the patient—advanced
care that requires a team of specialists who are experienced working
together, proficient in their respective disciplines, and committed to
The Musculoskeletal Tumor Center at Lankenau Medical brings together
this essential combination of multidisciplinary expertise, clinical
experience, and dedication. Our team of specialists provides
coordinated, comprehensive care that integrates powerful new medications
and radiation therapy techniques with the most advanced limb-sparing
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