Sarcoma Awareness Month 2021

Sarcoma Awareness Month 2021
01 July 2021

What type of cancer is sarcoma? 

Sarcoma is a rare type of cancer in adults and is commonly called the “forgotten cancer”.

Sarcomas can occur in any part of the body as they grow on various connective tissue structures such as bone, muscles, fat, nerves and blood vessels. Sarcomas are frequently located on the arms or limbs as they are composed mostly of connective tissues in the human body. Sarcomas are found deep within the body such as abdomen and pelvis. It is hard to diagnose them in the early stages.

They are often diagnosed when they grow bigger and thus have low chances of being cured. If not diagnosed earlier, sarcomas can spread across the body by invading nearby connective tissues. 

Initial stages of sarcoma 

During the initial stages, sarcomas may have no symptoms; however, there may be occasional discomfort in the affected area as it progresses, especially during the nighttime. Other symptoms include tenderness, swelling, pain, soreness and limping if the sarcoma is in the leg.


Spread awareness 

Each year, July is observed as Sarcoma Awareness Month to educate individuals and to raise awareness of this “forgotten cancer”. Organisations, doctors, supporters and individuals with sarcoma gather to discuss new possible methods of diagnosis, symptoms and treatment for all the people that suffer from sarcoma and have to go through the challenging experience of its treatment.

Even though scientists still do not understand why sarcomas develop, there are a few methods to cure them. Doctors worldwide are constantly conducting clinical trials to find more effective and better treatment for sarcomas than the current ones.


Treating sarcomas 

According to the Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA), 40-50% of sarcomas can be treated with surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation. However, treatment for sarcomas depends on the tumour stage and the possible spread of the cancerous growth to the lymph nodes.

At RMI, we have a dedicated Oncology department to diagnose, treat and control the spread of sarcomas. Our experts at the Oncology department comprehensively examine and prescribe the appropriate medication and treatment to each patient based on the type and stage of cancer.

If you or your loved ones see or feel any unusual lump or swelling in your body, visit our Oncologists to seek help and start the treatment process for an effective recovery.