Bone cancer, sometimes known as bone sarcoma or musculoskeletal cancer, destroys healthy tissue, often in the long bones of the arms and legs. Soft tissue cancer, also known as soft tissue sarcoma or musculoskeletal cancer grows in the muscle, fat, joints, nerves, tendons, cartilage and blood vessels. Frequently, tumors spread to the bone (metastasize) after originating from somewhere else. Common tumors the spread to the bone are metastatic carcinoma, myeloma, plasmacytoma and lymphoma.
Sarcoma treatment depends on a variety of factors, including the type of sarcoma; the tumor’s location, grade and size; your age; and whether it is a new or returning cancer. Sarcoma is treated with a combination of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Reconstruction of the surgical area typically takes place at the same time the tumor is removed.