Malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH), a type of sarcoma, is a malignant neoplasm of uncertain origin that arises both in soft tissue and bone. It can arise from any part of the body, clinically presenting as swelling, mass, pain, pathological fracture and occasional systemic features and is characterized by high local recurrence and significant metastasis.
HOW IS MALIGNANT FIBROUS HISTIOCYTOMA DIAGNOSED?
MRI scans are the most widely used method of diagnosing malignant fibrous histiocytoma as it is able to clearly show the tumour and muscle. CT scans are also sometimes used to diagnose this disorder. A biopsy can also be advised to confirm the diagnosis.
HOW IS MALIGNANT FIBROUS HISTIOCYTOMA TREATED?
Treatment for this form of cancer too includes radiation, chemotherapy and in some cases the surgical removal of tissues, if they are not widely spread.
DID YOU KNOW?
Malignant fibrous histiocytoma usually appears in patients between the age of 50-70 years.