Soft tissue sarcoma is a condition which is associated with the development of sarcoma in the connective tissue of the body. This nomenclature is also used for soft tissue cells which are not considered as connective tissue. The early diagnosis of the condition plays a very crucial role in the treatment and management of soft tissue sarcomas and is important to prevent the spread of the malignancy to other organs.
There are a host of risk factors that are identified as causative factors for the development of the condition. This article provides information about how to treat soft tissue sarcoma and the associated symptoms.
What Causes Soft Tissue Sarcoma?
There are certain known factors that are associated with the risk of development of this condition. Some of the commonly identified causes for soft tissue sarcoma include,
- Individuals exposed to preservatives and herbicides are at a higher risk of development of the condition. Exposure to certain materials like PVC, used for the manufacturing of plastics is also associated with higher risk of development of the condition.
- Exposure to radiations is also linked with the development of the condition.
- Kaposi’s sarcoma is a rare cancer of the blood vessels and is caused by herpes virus. This condition affects patients with HIV AIDS. This sarcoma is manifested differently and needs to be treated differently.
- Rarely sarcomas are associated with inherited genetic disorders due to alterations on the p53 gene. Certain disorders associated with risk of sarcoma include Li-Fraumeni Syndrome, Von Recklinghausen’s disease, etc.
Symptoms Of Soft Tissue Sarcoma
In the initial stages of the condition, soft tissue sarcoma is not associated with the manifestation of symptoms, however eventually as the sarcoma increases in size, it presses and pushes on to the surrounding tissue resulting in the manifestation of certain symptoms. Depending upon the location of the sarcoma the symptoms may vary.
- Lump which is usually painless or swelling is often observed in cases of sarcoma.
- As the tumor increases in size symptoms include pain and soreness along with compression of the muscles and the surrounding nerves.
- Abdominal sarcomas are often associated with symptoms like menstrual cramps, constipation, indigestion, gaseous distention, etc.
How To Treat Soft Tissue Sarcoma?
Conventional therapy has a three pronged approach in the management of sarcoma. Surgical removal of the sarcoma may be recommended in individuals with limited spread of the malignancy. In individuals with metastasis or advanced stages a combination of radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgical intervention is recommended.
There are certain natural treatments that can help in the management of soft tissue sarcoma, however it is recommended to be used in conjunction with conventional therapy,
- Turmeric is considered to have inherent properties to prevent cancer and also halt the progression of the disease. 40 mg of turmeric per day is recommended for prevention, while an even higher dose is recommended for treatment of malignancies.
- Homeopathic drugs like Medorrhinium and Psorinium are helpful in alleviating the symptoms associated with sarcoma. Low dose and repeated intake of medications is recommended for sustained relief.
- Ensure that your diet is healthy and comprising of fresh fruits and vegetables. These foods are loaded with anti-oxidants which help fight free radical damage and also prevent the spread of the cancer.