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Synovial sarcoma

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How might synovial sarcoma be treated?

The type of treatment depends on the age of the person, the location of the tumor, its size, its grade (how abnormal the cancer cells look under a microscope and how likely the tumor will quickly grow and spread), and the extent of the disease. The most common treatment is surgery to remove the entire tumor with negative margins (no cancer cells are found at the edge or border of the tissue removed during surgery). If the first surgery does not obtain negative tissue margins, a second surgery may be needed.[1]
Radiation therapy before or after surgery may also be necessary to control the tumor or decrease the chance of recurrence (cancer coming back). The use of intraoperative radiation therapy (radiation aimed directly at the tumor during surgery) and brachytherapy (radioactive material sealed in needles, wires, seeds, or catheters, and placed directly into or near a tumor) are under study. Affected individuals may also receive chemotherapy alone or in combination with radiation therapy.[1]
Last updated: 7/11/2011

  1. Synovial Sarcoma: Questions and Answers. National Cancer Institute (NCI). 2005; Accessed 7/11/2011.

Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

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