for more treatment are based on 1) the size of the
margin; and 2) if the surgical cut went deep into a
normal, soft tissue layer called the fascia.
No more treatment will be needed if the surgical
margin is larger than 1 cm or the fascia was not cut.
Treatment options are based on cancer stage if the
surgical margin is 1 cm or smaller and the fascia
was cut. For stage IA, the first option is no further
treatment. For some stage IA cancers, your doctor
may consider radiation therapy. Radiation therapy
may lower the chances of the cancer returning. For
stage IB, radiation therapy should be considered.
lists care after cancer treatment has
ended. You should receive rehabilitation if you need
it. This may include occupational or physical therapy.
You should also start to have follow-up tests to check
if the cancer has returned. Getting follow-up tests
can help find cancer early. Cancer is more likely to be
cured if found early.
Tests include medical history, physical exam, and
imaging tests. For example, if the cancer is likely to
spread to your lungs, you may get imaging tests of
the chest. Likewise, you may get imaging tests of the
site where the primary tumor was.
NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Version 1.2014
Sarcomas in limbs, outer trunk, head, or neck Stage I sarcoma