Myxoid Liposarcoma is a slow growing, malignant soft tissue tumour that is typically found in the limbs. The condition is believed to be genetic in nature. The signs and symptoms depend majorly on the location of the tumour. The tumours are generally slow-growing and painless. Tumours may be evident as painless lumps on the limbs.
HOW IS MYXOID LIPOSARCOMA DIAGNOSED?
Myxoid Liposarcoma may be diagnosed by using the following tools and procedures:
• Physical examination, evaluation of patient’s medical history
• Radiological studies, such as x-ray, whole body CT scan, MRI, or ultrasound scan of the affected region
• Needle biopsy of tumor
• Open biopsy of tumor: A tissue biopsy is performed and sent to a laboratory for a pathological examination, who examines the biopsy under a microscope. After putting together clinical findings, special studies on tissues (if needed) and with microscope findings, the pathologist arrives at a definitive diagnosis
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?
The tumours in the legs may lead to varicose veins.