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How is a soft tissue sarcoma diagnosed?

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If your doctor thinks you may have a sarcoma, they'll probably want to do:

  • A physical examination
  • Imaging tests
  • A biopsy

If the tests show that you have cancer, your doctor will use the results to determine its stage. That’s a number I through IV that’s based on how big it is and whether it’s in other parts of your body as well.

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute.

American Cancer Society.

The Mayo Clinic: “Soft Tissue Sarcoma.”

Sarcoma Foundation of America: “Patient resources.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Sarcoma.”

American Society of Clinical Oncologists.

Cancer Research UK: “Living with Soft Tissue Sarcoma.”

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on February 14, 2020

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute.

American Cancer Society.

The Mayo Clinic: “Soft Tissue Sarcoma.”

Sarcoma Foundation of America: “Patient resources.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Sarcoma.”

American Society of Clinical Oncologists.

Cancer Research UK: “Living with Soft Tissue Sarcoma.”

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on February 14, 2020

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