Sarcoma is a Cancerous (malignant) tumor of the connective tissue (cells that connect or support other kinds of tissue in your body). This incudes bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels or any of the cells that created blood.
Sarcomas are categorized in two ways :
- Soft tissue sarcoma, which forms in soft tissues
- Bone sarcoma (or osteosarcoma), which develops in bone tissue, cartilage or bone marrow
In the past, it was often the practice to remove all of the tissues, which often resulted in amputation or mastectomy. However, in modern practice, the sarcoma can usually be excised with less damage to the surrounding tissue.
Sarcomas occur in all age groups and both sexes.