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How might liposarcoma be treated?

The treatment for liposarcoma depends on the type, size, and location of the tumor.  Surgery to remove the tumor is often the first treatment.  When the tumor is in the abdomen, it may be difficult to remove completely, especially if the tumor is growing near important organs that cannot be removed.  If the entire tumor cannot be removed during surgery, radiation therapy may be used after surgery to kill any cancer cells that remain to reduce the chance of the tumor coming back (a recurrence).   Chemotherapy is another treatment that can kill remaining cancer cells following surgery, though it is not usually used to treat low-grade sarcomas. [1] [2]

Sometimes radiation therapy or chemotherapy may be done prior to surgery to shrink the tumor; this may increase the chance of removing the whole tumor during surgery while limiting the impact to other organs. [1] [2]
Last updated: 2/18/2011

  1. Adult Soft Tissue Sarcoma Treatment Health Professional Version. National Cancer Institute. January 24, 2011; Accessed 2/14/2011.
  2. Soft Tissue Sarcoma. National Comprehensive Cancer Network. February 1, 2011; Accessed 2/14/2011.

Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • lists trials that are studying or have studied Liposarcoma. Click on the link to go to to read descriptions of these studies.