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About Sarcoma  > Sarcoma FAQ

About Sarcoma

WHY RESEARCH SARCOMAS?

Treatment of Sarcoma is costly, prolonged often ineffective, with extremely high morbidity and mortality. Surgery is generally the treatment of choice. Depending on the type of Sarcoma being treated, a combination of surgery, radiotherapy and sometimes chemotherapy though a multidisciplinary medical team approach has been used, which has improved survival of some Sarcomas considerably from 20 per cent to 50 per cent. However, this has not progressed over more than the last decade due to a lack of high level research. Sarcomas are not only forgotten cancers, but still not well understood.

Since they are not well understood, they tend to be misdiagnosed and therefore present late as they are uncommon in general practice. There are many benign diseases that may have similar symptoms
Research into any sarcoma will benefit all sarcoma patients as there are significant similarities between all types of sarcomas.

REFERENCES:

P.C.W. HOGENDORN (on the behalf of the ESMO/ EUROBONET working group). Bone sarcomas:ESMO; Clinical Practice Guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. Annals of oncology 21 (supplement 5); v 198-v203, 2010

P.G.Casali and J.Y. Blay (On the behalf of the ESMO/ CONTICANET/ EUROBONET consensus Panel of Experts; Clinical Practice Guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. Annals of oncology 21 (supplement 5); v 198-v203, 2010

NOTE: The clinical Practice guidelines have been developed following a consensus based on a consensus event organized by the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) in Lugano in 2009. This involved experts from the European sarcoma research groups, sarcoma networks of excellence and ESMO Faculty. CONTICANET (Connective Tissue Cancers NETwork) and EURONET (EuRopean Bone NETwork) also financially supported the consensus process.

LINKS:

Australasian Sarcoma Study Group website: www.australiansarcomagroup.org
www.team-sarcoma.net