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Angiosarcoma of the scalp


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Overview

Angiosarcoma of the scalp is a rare cancer which most commonly affects the elderly. This condition is characterized by bruise-like lesions that escalate to elevated, nodular, or ulcerated tumors. Extensive local growth is common and metastasis to regional lymph nodes and to the lungs may occur. The cause of angiosarcoma of the scalp is unknown, although several associations have been reported, including lymphedema, prior radiation treatment, and environmental exposures. Treatment may include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.[1]
Last updated: 7/26/2010

References

  1. Sondak VK, Pawlik TM. Skin, Angiosarcoma of the Scalp. eMedicine. 2008; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1296442-overview. Accessed 7/26/2010.
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Basic Information

  • The Sarcoma Foundation of America provides general information about angiosarcoma. Click on the link to access this information. 
  • DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.
  • The National Cancer Institute provides the most current information on cancer for patients, health professionals, and the general public.  Click on the link to view information on this topic. 

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