What is Myxoid Liposarcoma?

Myxoid liposarcoma is a rare form of soft tissue (fat cells) cancer which usually causes no symptoms. There is presence of painless lumps which gradually increase in size. In few patients, these lumps enlarge quickly and get ulcerated. Symptoms of this cancer are experienced when the tumor becomes large and it compresses the surrounding organs which starts affecting their functions. Numbness and pain are experienced along with tiredness, nausea and weight loss. Few people even experience nausea and vomiting.

What is soft tissue sarcoma?

This sarcoma grows from connective tissue cells within the body. These connective tissues constitute the framework which protects, connects and supports other organs and tissues. Liposarcoma is the most common soft tissue sarcomas found in adults. They develop from fat cells; however, different types of soft tissue cancer can develop from other connective tissues as well.
There are 5 types of liposarcoma which have been identified, namely:

  • Well differentiated
  • De differentiated
  • Myxoid
  • Pleomorphic
  • Round cell liposarcoma

Myxoid liposarcomas occurs frequently in the limbs. At first they grow slowly and go unnoticed. The swelling is noticed when they become large and painful or when it accidentally get knocked or scraped. In few cases, they grow on limbs and become tender or painful, and in few cases, they grow rapidly. If you notice any lump bigger than 2 inches (more than 5 cm) and which is enlarging rapidly, you should immediately see your doctor.
If myxoid liposarcoma occurs inside the abdominal cavity, it is not visible and might increase in size to few pounds (a couple of kilos) and start causing symptoms. Nausea with vomiting and abdominal pain is the common symptoms along with swelling of the abdomen. If this tumor presses any nerves, symptoms of numbness are observed. In case of muscles, the specific body part stops functioning. If this liposarcoma arises on or near the blood vessels, then the blood circulation gets obstructed and causes swollen veins and back pressure.

Keep yourself fit and healthy so that you prevent accumulation of fat cells in your body and be safe from soft tissue sarcoma.

2 responses to What is Myxoid Liposarcoma?

  1. “Keep yourself fit and healthy so that you prevent accumulation of fat cells in your body and be safe from soft tissue sarcoma”

    Losing weight has a lot of health advantages, but avoiding liposarcoma is not one of them. Actually, the number of fat cells in the human body does not normally increase or decrease in adulthood. Fat is stored in the cell, which causes it to enlarge. Using up that stored fat causes it to grow smaller. The number of fat cells does not increase or decrease at any point unless something is happening out of the ordinary.

    Being a healthy weight, or even underweight, will not keep you from getting liposarcoma. If you have a mass which you are concerned about, your best decision is to see your doctor, especially if it exhibits any unusual symptoms (rapid growth, large size, etc.). The mass is more likely than not to be a lipoma, a benign fatty tumor, and soft-tissue sarcomas are rare. However, as with any type of cancer, it is much better to be safe than sorry. Liposarcomas are easier to treat in early stages than later, and have a lower risk of recurrence or metastasis.

  2. I would also note, rapid growth should be of particular concern, although most liposarcomas are slow growing and mimic lipomas. For this reason, any mass should be checked out by a licensed physician. Again, better to be safe than sorry when it comes to this. No one can give you medical advice online.

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