So sorry to hear about your cousin. Another reminder that not all bad things are within our ability to prevent.
Prognosis is closely related to the technical aspects - size, location, cell type, etc. I'm sure her surgeon can give her good numbers.
I have seen many patients with various types of sarcomas. While it is a cancer that tends to strike young, it can be cured if found early. When not curable, it is common to see people live with it for decades. Alas, there are also a few whose disease is aggressive and unresponsive but those do seem to be the exception.
Sarcoma means a malignant tumor of "connective tissue" including bone, tendons, ligaments, and even the non-organ tissue within the abdomen and area behind the abdomen which around the kidneys and other structures (the "retroperitoneum"). They occur spontaneously and sometimes get very large before you are even aware of them. Osteosarcoma = bone, liposarcoma = fatty tissue, myosarcoma = muscle, etc.
Here hoping she does great.
San Francisco Area
ESR'd March 2010. FIRE'd January 2011.
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