Angiosarcoma of the scalp
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lymphedema, prior radiation treatment, and environmental exposures. Treatment may include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.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
Last updated: 7/26/2010
- Sondak VK, Pawlik TM. Skin, Angiosarcoma of the Scalp. eMedicine. 2008; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1296442-overview. Accessed 7/26/2010.
- 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.
- Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Angiosarcoma of the scalp. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
- The Social Security Administration has included this condition in their Compassionate Allowances Initiative. This initiative speeds up the processing of disability claims for applicants with certain medical conditions that cause severe disability. More information about Compassionate Allowances and applying for Social Security disability is available online.