Soft tissue sarcoma spread to the lungs

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Soft tissue sarcoma spread to the lungs

by kiva420 on Mon Oct 18, 2010 02:19 PM

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Hi Everyone!

My mom (74 yo in otherwise good health) was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma (Pleomorphic undifferentiated sarcoma) in her upper arm in July. She had surgery to remove the tumor, and then 37 days of radiation on the arm. The docs say that it often spreads to the lungs, so they need to monitor the with a CAT scan every 3 months.  Well, her very first CAT scan showed a 1cm x 1cm tumor in her upper lung about 2 weeks ago. She has seen 3 oncologists now about this, and all have a different opinion.

Her first doc said chemo, no surgery. Then the second doc said surgery, then chemo. Then Sloan-Kettering said surgery and no chemo unless you need it. She is losing her mind with the confusion. I feel so bad for her.

They are worried that because it spread to her lungs in a relatively short period of time, that there will probably be other tumors developing and then there is no point to surgery.

Any ideas, experiences, feedback or emotional support would be greatly appreciated.

RE: Soft tissue sarcoma spread to the lungs

by Roselvr on Wed Oct 20, 2010 01:50 PM

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On Oct 18, 2010 2:19 PM kiva420 wrote:

Hi Everyone!

My mom (74 yo in otherwise good health) was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma (Pleomorphic undifferentiated sarcoma) in her upper arm in July. She had surgery to remove the tumor, and then 37 days of radiation on the arm. The docs say that it often spreads to the lungs, so they need to monitor the with a CAT scan every 3 months.  Well, her very first CAT scan showed a 1cm x 1cm tumor in her upper lung about 2 weeks ago. She has seen 3 oncologists now about this, and all have a different opinion.

Her first doc said chemo, no surgery. Then the second doc said surgery, then chemo. Then Sloan-Kettering said surgery and no chemo unless you need it. She is losing her mind with the confusion. I feel so bad for her.

They are worried that because it spread to her lungs in a relatively short period of time, that there will probably be other tumors developing and then there is no point to surgery.

Any ideas, experiences, feedback or emotional support would be greatly appreciated.

You may get more responses posting in sarcoma

http://www.cancercompass.com/message-board/cancers/sarcoma/1

As far as surgery/chemo/radiation - they usually like to do surgery to remove; they will then biopsy it - the biopsy dictates what type of treatment she will get. Sloan is supposed to be a very good cancer center; I would trust them.

You can look up ratings here

http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals

Good luck

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RE: Soft tissue sarcoma spread to the lungs

by foreverpixi on Sun Jan 16, 2011 01:18 AM

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Good luck

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