Trevan Fischer, MD
Surgical Oncologist & General Surgeon located in Santa Monica, CA
Soft tissue sarcoma is a relatively uncommon form of cancer that strikes just over 13,000 people each year in the United States. One of the first steps in treating this type of cancer is usually surgical removal of the cancerous tissue, for which you need the experienced hands of surgical oncologist Trevan Fischer, MD. Dr. Fischer helps patients in Santa Monica, California, by providing the first step in fighting soft tissue sarcoma. To learn more about your surgical options when it comes to soft tissue sarcoma, call or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment. Dr. Fischer also accepts patients across all of Southern California, including Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo and Palm Springs.
Soft Tissue Sarcoma
What is soft tissue sarcoma?
Soft tissue sarcoma is a broad cancer diagnosis that encompasses more than 50 types of the disease. The one thing they all have in common is that it’s a cancer that affects your soft tissue, including your:
- Blood vessels
- Fibrous tissue
- Skin tissue
Most soft tissue sarcomas start in your legs or arms, though they can be found in other areas, like your abdomen.
What are the signs of soft tissue sarcoma?
The human body often develops benign tumors in its soft tissue, so differentiating between a sarcoma (which means cancerous) and a noncancerous tumor is best left to Dr. Fischer, a surgical oncologist. To determine whether you should seek the counsel of Dr. Fischer, you should pay attention to any strange lump that develops on your arms or legs.
Approximately four out of 10 soft tissue sarcomas originate in your abdomen, which can be tricky to notice. Since there are no outward signs of the tumor, you should be on the lookout for any problems that may develop as a result, such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Blood in your stool
- Blood in your vomit
- Black, tarry stool
You should note that a myriad of other health conditions can cause these symptoms, so you should see Dr. Fischer at the first signs of any problem to get to the bottom of the issue.
What are the treatment options for soft tissue sarcoma?
If you’ve been diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma, one of the first treatment steps is surgery to remove the tumor. Dr. Fischer has considerable experience with this type of surgery and works with you and your oncology team to plot out the best treatment plan for your case.
Since there are so many variations of the disease, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, but Dr. Fischer works with your team to provide multidisciplinary care in order to tackle your soft tissue sarcoma from every angle to give you the best possible outcome. Rest assured that when it comes time for surgery, Dr. Fischer uses minimally invasive surgical techniques wherever possible.
For surgical care of soft tissue sarcoma, call Trevan Fischer, MD, or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.