How is sarcoma diagnosed?

How is sarcoma diagnosed?

If a sarcoma is suspected, it is very important to talk with a doctor who has experience with this type of cancer. A diagnosis of sarcoma is made by a combination of clinical examination by a doctor and imaging tests. It is confirmed by the results of a biopsy.

What are the main symptoms of sarcoma?


  • A lump that can be felt through the skin that may or may not be painful.
  • Bone pain.
  • A broken bone that happens unexpectedly, such as with a minor injury or no injury at all.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Weight loss.

What are the symptoms of soft tissue sarcoma?

Symptoms of soft tissue sarcomas

  • swelling under the skin may cause a painless lump that cannot easily be moved around and gets bigger over time.
  • swelling in the tummy (abdomen) may cause abdominal pain, a persistent feeling of fullness and constipation.
  • swelling near the lungs may cause a cough or breathlessness.

Can a blood test detect sarcoma?

In addition to a physical examination, the following tests may be used to diagnose or determine the stage (or extent) of a bone sarcoma: Blood tests. Sarcomas are never diagnosed by a laboratory blood test.

Can sarcoma be cured?

Most people diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma are cured by surgery alone, if the tumor is low-grade; that means it is not likely to spread to other parts of the body. More aggressive sarcomas are harder to treat successfully.

How is lipoma diagnosed?

To diagnose a lipoma, your doctor may perform:

  1. A physical exam.
  2. A tissue sample removal (biopsy) for lab examination.
  3. An X-ray or other imaging test, such as an MRI or CT scan, if the lipoma is large, has unusual features or appears to be deeper than the fatty.

How does liposarcoma start?

Doctors know that liposarcoma forms when a fat cell develops errors (mutations) in its genetic code. The mutations tell the cell to multiply rapidly and to go on living when other cells would die. The accumulating abnormal cells form a mass (tumor). Several types of liposarcoma exist.

Do sarcomas show up on xray?

If you have a lump (tumor) or other symptoms that might be caused by a soft tissue sarcoma, your healthcare provider may do imaging tests. The type of test done often depends on where the lump is. You may get 1 or more of these tests: X-rays.

How long can you have sarcoma without knowing?

Tumors can grow undetected for as long as two years. Synovial sarcoma symptoms are sometimes mistaken for other, less serious conditions.