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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Liposarcoma is a type of cancer that develops from fat cells. It is most commonly found in your legs or thighs, but it can also be found in your abdomen, back, arms, chest, and neck. Liposarcomas most often occur in people between the ages of 50 to 70 years old.
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is a small tube placed in your vein that is used to give you medicine or liquids.
- Antinausea medicine: This medicine may be given to calm your stomach and prevent vomiting.
- Pain medicine: Caregivers may give you medicine to take away or decrease your pain.
- Do not wait until the pain is severe to ask for your medicine. Tell caregivers if your pain does not decrease. The medicine may not work as well at controlling your pain if you wait too long to take it.
- Pain medicine can make you dizzy or sleepy. Prevent falls by calling a caregiver when you want to get out of bed or if you need help.
- X-ray: This machine is used to take a picture of your tumor and the area around it. These pictures may show if the tumor has damaged your bones. Your caregiver may also take an x-ray of your lungs to check if the cancer has spread.
- CT scan: This test is also called a CAT scan. An x-ray machine uses a computer to take pictures of your tumor and check for other problems. Pictures of your lungs and other organs may be taken to check if the cancer has spread. You may be given a dye before the pictures are taken to help caregivers see the pictures better. Tell the caregiver if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast dye.
- MRI: This scan uses powerful magnets and a computer to take pictures of your tumor and the area around it. An MRI may be used to look at the organs, blood vessels, nerves, and bones around your tumor. It may also help to learn what type of tumor you have. You may be given dye to help the pictures show up better. Tell the caregiver if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast dye. Do not enter the MRI room with anything metal. Metal can cause serious injury. Tell the caregiver if you have any metal in or on your body.
- Positron emission tomography scan: This is also called a PET scan. Your caregiver may use this test to see if you have cancer and if it has spread. A dye is injected into your vein (blood vessel). This dye helps show your cells more clearly. Tell the caregiver if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast dye.
You may have any of the following treatments alone or together:
- Chemotherapy: This medicine works by killing cancer cells. Your caregiver may use chemotherapy to make your tumor smaller before surgery. Your caregiver may also give you chemotherapy after surgery to kill any cancer cells that remain.
- Radiation: Radiation kills cancer cells and prevents the cancer from spreading. Radiation may also help stop your cancer from coming back after surgery. You may need radiation before, during, or after surgery.
- Surgery: You may need surgery to remove your tumor and some of the tissue around it. A graft may be used to replace bone or tissue that may have been removed. A graft is a piece of tissue from another area of your body or from a donor. In some cases, your caregiver may need to amputate (remove) your limb to remove your tumor.
With surgery, you may bleed more than expected or get an infection. If surgery was done on your arm or leg, you may have trouble doing your usual activities. Even with treatment, liposarcoma may grow back, spread, or be life-threatening. You may need to have another surgery and other treatments to treat cancer that comes back. If your liposarcoma is not treated, your cancer may spread to other areas of your body. The cancer cells may damage your organs and your symptoms may worsen. This can be life-threatening.
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