Soft tissue sarcomas are cancerous tumors that form in the cells that make up the body's connective tissues. There are various types of sarcomas that can arise in different parts of the body such as the arm, leg, trunk, abdomen, and retroperitoneum (the region of the body at the very back of the abdomen and pelvis).
Surgery is a common treatment for this type of cancer. At Yale Medicine, surgeons work closely with radiation oncologists and medical oncologists to tailor treatment plans for each case. The research done at Yale Cancer Center—one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States and the only one in Connecticut—has dramatically improved the treatment for sarcoma.