What is Sarcoma?

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What is Sarcoma?

Sarcoma is a rare type of cancer and typically produces malignant tumors derived from the connective tissue.  There are more than 70 sarcoma types and subtypes. Soft Tissue Sarcoma Soft tissue sarcoma broadly defines cancers that develop in the body’s soft tissues (i.e. muscles, tendons, fat, lymph vessels, blood vessels, and nerves). While these cancers are most commonly found in the head, neck, arms, legs, chest, and abdomen, they can develop anywhere in the body. There are various different types of soft tissue sarcoma, and depending on the type of soft tissue the cancer started in, the cells will look…  Read More »

Bring Hope to Sarcoma Warriors This Holiday Season

Dear Friend of the Sarcoma Foundation of America, What do the Holidays Mean to you? “Sarcomas are bad, bad, actors.” The doctor’s solemn warning still echoes in my head and reverberates through my whole body this time of year… nearly 20 years after he uttered the words. The holiday season can bring excitement and anticipation as well as fond memories of frenzied shopping trips, festive parties, and spending time with loved ones. But for me, sketchy images from a raw, colorless day in November of 1998 also flash through my mind. “Your son has a rare aggressive cancer called alveolar…  Read More »

Medical Innovation Provides Hope to Pediatric Sarcoma Patients

 Today’s post was written by Bert E. Thomas IV, PhD, MBA, CEO of the Sarcoma Foundation of America. As I write this blog, we find ourselves in the midst of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to educate the public about the realities of childhood cancer and to draw attention to the need for more pediatric cancer research.  For the Sarcoma Foundation of America, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is also a time to remind everyone that sarcomas are not just a cancer of adults, but also of children and young adults.  Sarcomas account for 15 – 20% of all childhood cancers, a…  Read More »

Honor the Kids and Teens Fighting Sarcoma Today

September means back to school for many. For us at the Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA), it also means bringing awareness to the kids and teens fighting Sarcoma. You see, September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that TWENTY percent of all pediatric cancers are Sarcomas? Children fighting Sarcoma are dealing with terrifying visits to the hospital for surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Your gifts to the Sarcoma Foundation of America will provide hope to kids like: the toddler diagnosed with rhabdomyosaroma when their milestones should be learning to walk–and run. the school-aged child that has a pain…  Read More »

Kids Can Help

Today’s blog was written by Caleigh H. during her time at the SFA office for “Take Your Child to Work Day.”  Caleigh, a 2nd grader, is the daughter of Lori Hoffman, SFA’s Senior Manager of Public Policy and External Affairs.  Even though she is only 7 years old, Caleigh already understands how devastating sarcoma is, especially since it often impacts children like her.  This is why she has taken an interest in helping and has even staffed the SFA booth at CureFest for Childhood Cancer, an event dedicated to raising awareness for childhood cancer.  One of her tasks today was to put together a…  Read More »

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

  Did you know that sarcomas represent 1% of all cancers but 15% of all childhood cancers?   September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. For many children that means back to school and all the excitement it brings.  But instead of worrying about new clothes and school supplies, children fighting sarcoma are dealing with terrifying visits to the hospital for surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments.   You can help change that!  Your contribution to the Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA) will provide hope to a young boy like Damon, whose doctors discovered osteosarcoma in his left arm when he was just 9…  Read More »