Liposarcoma is one of the many orthopedic conditions treated by the specialists at Greater Dallas Orthopaedics. In this blog, we'll discuss this rare form of cancer, its symptoms, what causes it, and how it's treated.
As always, this article is not meant to replace a professional medical consultation and is intended to be purely educational. If you or a loved one believe they may be suffering from these symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with a medical professional as soon as possible.
Liposarcoma is a soft tissue tumor that begins in fat cells but can expand to other areas of the body. Like all sarcomas, liposarcomas are exceptionally rare. Liposarcoma can vary in terms of its spread, with some cases growing rapidly and spreading to many areas of the body while others grow slowly and stay fairly isolated.
While liposarcoma can occur in individuals of any age, they occur far more often in older adults than any other age bracket.
While these rare soft tissue tumors can be found in fat cells in any area of the body, it is most common to find them in the muscles of the limbs or in the abdomen.
Unfortunately, it is not known precisely what causes liposarcoma. Doctors do know that liposarcoma occurs when fat cells develop mutations in genetic code, causing them to multiply rapidly, resulting in the formation of soft tissue tumors.
Unlike some other soft tissue tumors, liposarcoma’s symptoms are tied to the area of the body in which it occurs. In the abdomen, the symptoms include:
In limbs, the symptoms include:
Like most malignant soft tissue tumors, surgical intervention is required to remove the tumor from the body. At GDO, a team of specialists, including the surgeon, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist, work together to curate the treatment process to each patient’s unique needs. It’s not uncommon for radiation therapy to be utilized alongside surgery.
We hope this high-level discussion of liposarcoma was insightful and enlightening. The team at Greater Dallas Orthopaedics places a high value on informing our audience and improving the medical literacy of all we impact.
As we mentioned above, if you or a loved one believe you are experiencing some of the symptoms we discussed, please do not hesitate to reach out to GDO today and schedule a consultation.