How to Treat Lipo Sarcoma?

Lipo sarcoma

is the cancer of soft tissues (fat cells) which is usually malignant and has the tendency to spread beyond the site of origin. This sarcoma is found mostly in elderly people (above 45years). This sarcoma can be prevented if a person keeps him/ herself healthy from young age itself. Exercising regularly and following a healthy diet will keep you fit and fine – away from several ailments.

How can we treat Lipo Sarcoma?

Surgery is the best option for treating this cancer, as it is malignant and have the tendency to spread quickly. There are 3 forms of surgery:

  1. Limb sparing surgery:

    This surgery is done to avoid amputation of the limb as this cancer affects the limbs mostly. Several surgical techniques are used to remove the cancerous soft tissue, without affecting the limbs.

  2. Wide local excision:

    In this surgery, your surgeon removes the cancerous tissues along with the healthy tissues surrounding them. This surgery prevents recurrence of the sarcoma.

  3. Amputation:

    If this cancer occurs in a region which is difficult to operate, then the part of or the entire limb have to be surgically removed.

There are some other treatments which are used along with these surgeries. They are:

  • Radiation therapy:

    This therapy is given either before or after the surgery. If this is done before the surgery, it reduces the size of tumor and makes the surgery easier. If this is done after the surgery, it reduces the risk of spread and recurrence of this cancer.

  • Chemotherapy:

    This is usually done before the surgery so that the size of the tumor shrinks. This therapy is also applied for killing the small tumorous mass present in other parts of soft tissues, which are not detected during imaging diagnostic tests.

  • Experimental Treatments:

    Few patients are treated with clinical trial methods which are experimental treatments. These clinical trials are still on there trial period; hence it’s not a confirmatory treatment. But few patients might be lucky enough to get cured with these clinical trials.

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