Written by on 7/29/2014 6:15:00 AM
Not only is Mark Herzlich number 58 and linebacker for the New York Giants, but a cancer survivor too.
As a college football player at Boston College, Herzlich was used to getting hit hard. But when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, that hit came harder than the rest.
In January 2009, Herzlich was coming off of a great football season, but was bothered by a lot of leg pain while sleeping. Soreness and pain was nothing new for the athlete, but this pain nagged him and did not go away. So, during a holiday break his mother made an appointment with his doctor.
An MRI revealed that he had a bone tumor on his femur and a biopsy that followed confirmed it was Ewing's Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer. But like he tackled players on the field, Herzlich felt it was only right that he tackle his cancer too. continue reading ...
Written by on 7/12/2014 6:00:00 AM
This month is National Sarcoma Awareness Month. There are two common types of sarcoma: bone and soft tissue. Both are treated based upon the size, location and stage of the tumor.
Soft tissue sarcomas are often treated using surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Depending on the characteristics of the tumor and its grade (growth rate), a combination of all or some of these treatments may be used.
The treatment of bone cancer depends on the size, location, type and stage of the cancer. Chemotherapy with surgery is often the primary treatment. While amputation of a limb is sometimes necessary, using chemotherapy either before or after surgery has allowed physicians to save the limb and improve survival in many cases.
Radiation may be used in Ewing’s sarcoma if surgery is not feasible, or in certain select cases of metastatic disease.
Although very rare, in the two months that the new Community Cancer Center South has been open, the radiation oncology department has treated four patients with sarcoma.
"After a tumor is removed surgically, the radiation oncology team works with the patient to treat the margin of tissue left after resection, targeting microscopic cancer cells," said Dr. Darrel Ross, radiation oncologist at Community Physician Network. "The goal with this treatment is to avoid damaging healthy tissue and to promote wound healing after the grafting." continue reading ...
Written by on 7/1/2014 6:00:00 AM
Sarcoma is the general term for a broad group of cancers that includes tumors that form in the bones and in the soft tissues in the body.
There are two main types of sarcoma: bone sarcomas and soft tissue sarcomas. Sarcomas can develop in children and adults. For children under age 20, approximately 15 percent of cancer diagnoses are sarcomas. Although rare, there are approximately 14,000 new cases of sarcoma diagnosed each year in the United States.
Soft tissue sarcoma
Soft tissues connect, support and surround other body structures. Soft tissues include muscle, fat, blood vessels, nerves, tendons and the lining of your joints. A large variety of soft tissue sarcomas can occur in these areas. continue reading ...