About soft tissue sarcoma
Soft tissue sarcoma is a cancer that begins in the soft tissues of the body. This can include the muscles, tendons, fat, blood vessels, or other supporting tissue.
Soft tissue sarcoma is considered a rare cancer. Every year, approximately 12,000 people are diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma in the U.S.
STS is rare, so it’s important to find a specialist who has experience treating it. For information about finding a specialist, click here.
Types of soft tissue sarcoma
There are many different types of soft tissue sarcoma, which are called subtypes.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than
Different subtypes of soft tissue sarcoma are usually associated with certain locations in the body and types of tissue.
Common types of soft tissue sarcoma in adults include undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcomaUndifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma: A subtype of soft tissue sarcoma that can occur anywhere in the body, including legs, arms, and back of abdomen.X, liposarcomaLiposarcoma: A subtype of soft tissue sarcoma that develops in the fat cells of the body.X, and leiomyosarcomaLeiomyosarcoma (lī-ō-ˌmī-ō-sär-ˈkō-mə): A subtype of soft tissue sarcoma that starts in the smooth muscle cells and is most common in the uterus, abdomen, or pelvis.X.