What are sarcomas?
Sarcomas are uncommon cancers that develop in your body’s connective tissues, including bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, nerves, blood vessels and lymph vessels.
Sarcomas are typically divided into two main types, bone cancer (osteosarcoma) and soft tissue sarcoma, the latter of which has over 50 classifications, depending on tissue type affected, such as:
- Chondrosarcoma (cartilage)
- Liposarcoma (fat)
- Angiosarcoma (blood vessels)
- Rhabdomyosarcoma (skeletal muscles)
- Leiomyosarcoma (smooth muscles)
- Synovial sarcoma (tissue surrounding joints)
- Fibrosarcomas (fibrous connective tissue)
- Schwannoma and neurosarcoma (peripheral nerve cells)
- Kaposi’s sarcoma (under skin or mucus tissue in nose, mouth or anus)