Fibrosarcoma is a cancerous tumor that begins in connective tissue, usually found at the ends of bones in the arm and leg and then spreads to other surrounding soft tissue, including fat, muscles, tendons, nerves, joint tissue, blood vessels and other fibrous tissue. These tumors commonly affect either a lower leg or an arm, but can also develop in the trunk. There are two forms of fibrosarcoma: Infantile or congenital fibrosarcoma—the most common soft-tissue sarcoma found in children under one year of age – and adult-type fibrosarcoma—which occurs in older children and adolescents.
Patients with fibrosarcoma are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center through the Bone & Soft Tissue Tumor Program. Continue reading to learn more about fibrosarcoma or visit the Bone & Soft Tissue Tumor Program homepage to learn about our expertise.
Fibrosarcomas can sometimes grow quite large before symptoms are noticed. Symptoms depend on the size, location and spread of the tumor, but can include:
A physician may order a number of different tests to diagnose fibrosarcoma, including:
After all tests are completed, doctors will be able to outline the best treatment options.
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