Childhood Soft Tissue Sarcoma - Stage Explanation
Stages of childhood soft tissue sarcoma
Once childhood soft tissue sarcoma is found, more tests will be done to find
out if the cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body. This is called
staging. The doctor needs to know the stage of the cancer to plan treatment.
There are several staging systems for childhood soft tissue sarcoma, but no
single staging system applies to all types of this cancer. The treatment
options in this summary are based on whether the cancer has spread or the
amount of tumor left after surgery. The 3 general stages of soft tissue
sarcoma are nonmetastatic, metastatic, and recurrent.
Nonmetastatic childhood soft tissue sarcoma
The cancer has been partly or completely removed in surgery and has not spread to other parts of the body.
Metastatic childhood soft tissue sarcoma
The cancer has spread from where it started to other parts of the body.
Recurrent soft tissue sarcoma
The cancer has come back (recurred) after it has been treated. It may come
back in the area where it started or in another part of the body.