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Sarcoma: Expert care for cancers of the bone, soft tissue and female reproductive organs

Get the specialized care you need for all types of sarcomas at the UW Carbone Cancer Center — Wisconsin’s only comprehensive cancer center.

Overview

What are sarcomas?

Sarcomas are cancers that occur in your body’s connective tissues. These tissues include blood vessels, bone, cartilage, fat and muscle.

We divide sarcomas into three broad groups:

  • Bone cancers

  • Gynecologic sarcomas (cancers that affect female reproductive organs, such as uterine sarcoma)

  • Soft tissue sarcomas

At the UW Carbone Cancer Center, we diagnose and treat all types of sarcomas.

Pediatric sarcomas

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The specialized care you need

There are many types of sarcomas. So, getting the best care for these cancers means seeing the right specialists. You’ll find them at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. Our team includes:

  • Gynecologic oncologists

  • Orthopedic surgeons

  • Medical oncologists

  • Radiation oncologists

Our experts work together to create a treatment plan that’s just right for you.

Treatment and research

We tailor sarcoma treatment to your cancer and your needs

Sarcoma treatment depends on the type of sarcoma you have and your goals. Other factors like where your cancer is located and whether it has spread come into play as we determine a treatment plan, as well.

Your treatment might include:

Our experts can use powerful chemicals to kill cancerous cells.

Extreme cold temperatures can freeze and kill cancer cells.

Our surgeons can remove as much of your cancer as possible. When we can, we use minimally invasive procedures. They involve smaller incisions than open surgery. They also can result in less pain and shorter hospital stays.

UW Health and UW Carbone Cancer Center are a nationally recognized research hub. Our specialized research team studies new treatments and looks for ways to improve cancer care. Through clinical trials, we test promising therapies for all types of sarcomas. If one of these trials is right for you, we give you the chance to take part.

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Symptoms and diagnosis

Finding sarcomas

Symptoms of sarcomas depend on the type of cancer and where they are found in your body.

Bone cancers can cause:

  • A lump under the skin

  • Fatigue or tiredness

  • Pain or swelling over a bony area

Cancers of the female reproductive organs can cause:

  • Bleeding after menopause

  • Pelvic pain or pressure

  • Unusual vaginal bleeding

Soft tissue cancers may cause:

  • A new lump or a lump that gets bigger

  • Abdominal pain that gets worse over time

  • Black, tarry stools

  • Bloody stools or vomit

Making a diagnosis

To confirm you have a sarcoma, our doctors will record your medical history and do a physical exam. They may also order one or more imaging tests. If we suspect a sarcoma, we will remove a tissue sample and perform a biopsy. During a biopsy, our specialists look at your tissue sample under a microscope for signs of cancer.

Locations

Wisconsin’s cancer center

Our specialists provide care through the UW Carbone Cancer Center in Madison. As the only comprehensive cancer center in Wisconsin, we provide the highest level of cancer care available.

  • UW Carbone Cancer Center
    • 600 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • Open now
    • The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center is a pioneer in cancer research and quality patient care. It is the only comprehensive cancer center in Wisconsin, as designated by the National Cancer Institute.

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  • UW Carbone Cancer Clinic - 1 S. Park
    • 1 S. Park St. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 287-2552
    • Open now
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  • Swedish Cancer Center
    Swedish Cancer Center
    SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center
    • 3535 N Bell School Road / Rockford, IL
    • (779) 696-9400
    • Open now
    • Patients here have convenient local access to UW Health cancer specialists in areas such as breast cancer, head-and-neck cancer, endocrine cancer, and thoracic surgical and abdominal surgical oncology.

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  • Beloit Cancer Center
    Beloit Cancer Center
    Beloit Cancer Center
    • 1670 Lee Lane / Beloit, WI
    • Open now
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  • UW Health Johnson Creek
    UW Health Johnson Creek
    UW Cancer Center Johnson Creek
    • 250 Doctors Ct. / Johnson Creek, WI
    • (920) 699-3500
    • Open now
    • UW Cancer Center Johnson Creek offers the people of southeastern Wisconsin local access to leading-edge research and treatments offered by the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center in Madison.

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  • UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care
    • N16 W24131 Riverwood Drive / Waukesha, WI
    • Open now
    • Partnered with the UW Carbone Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, UW Health Cancer Center at ProHealth Care offers world-class cancer care in a comforting setting close to home.

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Patient and support services

Additional information

You can learn more about sarcomas through these online resources:

Contact the UW Carbone Cancer Center

At the only comprehensive cancer center in Wisconsin, we treat a variety of cancer types using the latest and most advanced treatments available.

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