From D. Randolph Drosick, MD, OHC Medical Oncologist and Hematologist

July 23, 2019

July is Sarcoma Awareness Month and even though this is a rare form of cancer, OHC believes it’s important for people to know more about it and how OHC, the region’s leading experts in the treatment of adult cancers and blood disorders, treats sarcomas.

Sarcoma is a rare kind of cancer that develops in the cells that connect or support other kinds of tissue such as your bones, muscles, tendons, cartilage, nerves, fat, and blood vessels of your arms and legs. The American Cancer Society estimates about 12,750 new soft tissue sarcomas will be diagnosed. Of those, almost half are expected to die from the disease. However, like other cancers, if caught early, treatment can be successful. Signs of a sarcoma include:

  • A new lump or a lump that’s growing (anywhere on your body)
  • Abdominal pain that’s getting worse
  • Blood in your stool or vomit
  • Black, tarry stools (when bleeding happens in the stomach or bowels, the blood can turn black as it’s digested, and it might make the stool very black and sticky)

OHC uses a comprehensive approach to the treatment of sarcomas. Treatment typically begins with surgery to remove the tumor, followed by radiation, chemotherapy or both. Each patient’s plan of treatment is personalized based on their sarcoma.

I’ve had patients who responded very well to the treatment. Again, the key is to catch it early. So, my advice is to watch for any lumps or bumps, and if you find any, call us immediately.

Researchers are looking at the use of targeted drugs to treat sarcomas, but that’s still in its infancy. Although it’s very early in the testing stage, the good news is that it may eventually lead to new options in the future. When these drugs or any other promising treatment is available, OHC will make sure our patients have access to them.

OHC’s nationally recognized clinical research program brings patients access to the latest treatments to help fight their cancer. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, contact OHC to learn more about treatment options or for a second opinion at or call 1-800-710-4674.

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