Sarcoma Stories

Sarcomas account for over 20% of all pediatric solid malignant cancers and less than 1% of all adult solid malignant cancers. The vast majority of diagnosed sarcomas will be soft tissue sarcomas, while malignant bone tumors make up just over 10% of sarcomas. (National Institutes of Health).


Soft Tissue Sarcoma Stories

Soft tissue sarcoma is a broad term for cancers that start in soft tissues (muscle, tendons, fat, lymph and blood vessels, and nerves). These cancers can develop anywhere in the body but are found mostly in the arms, legs, chest, and abdomen. (National Cancer Institute)

Ashley Williams, Desmoid Tumor



Cancer details:
Rare, <3% of all soft tissue tumors, more common in women
1st Symptoms: leg tightness, increased swelling in leg
Treatment: Chemo infusion (Methotrexate, Navelbene), oral chemo (Nexovar)
Status: Remission

Nicole Body, Undifferentiated Pleomorphic Sarcoma, Stage 3

Cancer Details: <5% of adult sarcomas
1st Symptoms: severe intolerance to food, nausea
Treatment: Cholecystectomy, Chemo (Gemcitabine and Taxotere), Whipple surgery
Status: Remission


Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST)

Gastrointestinal stromal tumor is a disease in which abnormal cells form in the tissues of the gastrointestinal tract. Genetic factors can increase the risk of having a gastrointestinal stromal tumor. (NCI)

Louis Da Silva, Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST)

Cancer details: Tumors that start in wall of digestive tract or gastrointestinal (GI) tract
1st Symptoms: Feeling the need for constant urination
Treatment: Surgery to take out the tumor, maintenance chemotherapy (3 years)
Status: Remission