Myxoid Liposarcoma is one of the most commonly diagnosed soft tissue sarcoma. It is a malignant tumour that is characterized by round to oval shaped mesenchymal cells and a rich network of capillaries in a myxoid stroma. Myxoid tumors may spread to the tissue that covers the heart and lungs. Symptoms are:
• Limited movement of the affected limb
• Pain and swelling in the affected area
• Abdominal pain
• Coughing, swallowing or breathing trouble
• Trouble urinating
• Unexplained weight loss
HOW IS MYXOID LIPOSARCOMA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis can be done by a GP who would do a few scans and tests, especially ultrasound and a biopsy to check for the malignancy of the lump.
HOW IS MYXOID LIPOSARCOMA TREATED?
Treatment measures for Myxoid Liposarcoma include the following:
• Complete surgical excision of the tumor with clear margins
• Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are employed depending upon the specific case
• Also, in some rare cases, limb amputation may have to be undertaken, in case of limb tumors
• Postoperative care is important: One must maintain minimum activity levels, until the surgical wound heals
• Follow-up care with regular screening and checkups are important, since the tumor may recur in many cases
DID YOU KNOW?
Post the surgery, such patients are always suggested to go for a PET or scans on regular basis to prevent recurrence.