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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Version 1.2014

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Sarcoma basics

What is soft tissue sarcoma?

limbs. The second most common site is organs inside

the trunk, such as the stomach and intestines. About

19% of sarcomas occur here. Next, 15% of sarcomas

occur in a space in front of your lower spine called the

retroperitoneum. About 10% of sarcomas occur in or

near the trunk wall and 9% occur in the head or neck.

Figure 1.1 Most common locations for sarcoma in the body.

Arms and legs

(43% of all sarcomas)

Retroperitoneum

(space in front of your

lower spine)

(15% of all sarcomas)

Head or neck

(9% of all sarcomas)

Organs inside the trunk

(19% of all sarcomas)

Near the trunk wall

(10% of all sarcomas)