Soft tissue sarcoma

Noticing symptoms

Soft tissue sarcoma

Noticing symptoms

Cancers and other diseases can cause symptoms. These are changes in your body that you notice. Examples of symptoms are having a pain or a lump.  

Symptoms can be caused by many illnesses, not just cancer, but it is always best to have them checked out by a GP. 

What you need to know

Symptoms of soft tissue sarcoma

The most common symptom of sarcoma is a new painless lump or one which is growing. Some lumps can cause pain by pressing on nerves or nearby structures.

Soft tissue sarcomas can start in any part of the body. Most occur in the arms and legs (especially the thigh), but they can also start in the buttock, abdomen, chest, head or neck.

Depending on where the sarcoma is in the body it may cause other symptoms such as:

  • a feeling of fullness in the abdomen
  • pain
  • unusual bleeding
  • breathlessness.
Most symptoms are not caused by cancer, but it is always best to let your doctor know about any symptoms you have. Cancers that are diagnosed early can be easier to treat.

Next steps

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have symptoms that you are worried about, even if they seem minor, you should go to see a GP. Don't be embarrassed to bring up your concerns. 

Remember, cancers that are found earlier can be easier to treat.

Where to get help

There are people you can talk to for more information or support.

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