What is Synovial sarcoma?

Synovial sarcoma is a very rare type of cancer that affects the soft tissue that connects, supports, and surrounds bones and organs in the body. Synovial sarcoma accounts for just 1% of all cancers.

What causes Synovial sarcoma? Who is affected?

The exact cause of Synovial sarcoma is unknown, but there are factors that increase likelihood of diagnosis, including exposure to certain chemicals or radiation. Synovial sarcoma usually affects teens and young adults ages 15 to 35.

What are symptoms of Synovial sarcoma?

Symptoms of Synovial sarcoma might include:

  • Lumps or swollen spots
  • Have trouble moving
  • Affected area is unable to preform certain task
  • Pain in the affected area

How is Synovial sarcoma treated?

Treatment depends on a lot of things such as size, grade, and stage of tumor, tumor location, if the tumor has spread, and the patient’s overall health. The first step of treatment is usually surgery for the removal of the tumor, typically followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Depending on the case, chemotherapy and radiation may be done before surgery to shrink tumor size.

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