What is soft tissue sarcoma?

Soft tissue sarcomas are cancers that develop in the supporting tissues of the body. These include tissues such as the muscle, nerves, fat and blood vessels.


Find out about the survival for soft tissue sarcoma. 


The symptoms of soft tissue sarcoma will vary, depending on the size of the cancer and where it is in the body.

Risks and causes

We don't know what causes most soft tissue sarcomas. But some factors may increase your risk of developing it. Having any of these risk factors does not mean that you will develop cancer.

Getting diagnosed

You usually start by seeing your GP. They will examine you and might refer you for tests or to a specialist.

Types of soft tissue sarcoma

The type of soft tissue sarcoma you have tells you the type of cell that the cancer started in. Knowing this helps your doctor decide which treatment you need.

Stages and grades

Staging means how big the cancer is and whether it has spread. Grading means how abnormal the cancer cells look under a microscope.

Treatment for soft tissue sarcoma

You might have surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy or a combination of treatments to treat soft tissue sarcoma. 

Living with soft tissue sarcoma

Lots of advice and support is available to help you cope with soft tissue sarcoma and its treatment.

Research and clinical trials

Discover the latest clinical trials that are underway for soft tissue sarcomas. 

Last reviewed: 
21 Apr 2021
Next review due: 
22 Apr 2024
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