Fibrosarcomas are the result of fibroblasts, which produce connective tissue such as collagen. Fibrosarcoma tumors are consequently rich in collagen fibers. The immature, proliferating fibroblasts take on an interlacing, or herringbone, pattern. This is a type of sarcoma that is predominantly found in the area around bones or in soft tissue.
HOW IS FIBROSARCOMA DIAGNOSED?
In order to diagnose fibrosarcoma, a doctor will take the patient's medical history and will conduct a thorough physical exam. Blood tests will be performed to rule out other conditions and to identify cancer markers. The other tests to confirm the diagnosis are x ray, CT scan, MRI, angiograms and biopsies.
HOW IS FIBROSARCOMA TREATED?
Adjunctive therapy, such as radiation treatment and chemotherapy, can improve local control and may make the appearance of clinically evident metastatic disease less likely. The use of chemotherapy is controversial, but chemotherapy is generally used in bone lesions. Radiation therapy is employed in conjunction with surgery for soft-tissue fibrosarcomas, with or without chemotherapy. Surgery is also considered in extreme cases to remove the tumor
DID YOU KNOW?
Approximately 5% of all primary bone sarcomas are Fibrosarcoma