A sarcoma is a cancerous tumor arising from the transformed cells of connective tissue origin. Connective tissues broadly describe bones, cartilages, vascular or hematopoietic tissues, and fat.
Sarcomas can be visible in any of these tissues. About two-thirds of sarcomas exist as localized Sarcoma, and its signs are swelling or lump in an adult body's soft tissues. For some people, soft tissue sarcoma can be treated to remove or destroy the cancer cells.
We know that completion of the treatment can be both exciting and stressful. Because, you are anxious to know what's next and if the cancer may come back.
After treatment, we will want to observe you closely for some time. It is essential to attend all follow-up appointments. Our doctors examine and ask questions about any problems you may have .Because most cancer treatments have side effects, they also carry out lab tests and exams or scans and x-rays to look for any cancer signs or side effects of the treatment.
During this period, talk to your doctors about any changes or issues you notice and ask any questions you may have. These lab tests can run for about two or three years, at intervals of three to six months.
Keeping Your Health Insurance
Even when treatment is done, we advise that you keep your health insurance and medical records. Cancer tests and doctors are costly, and although you do not want to think that your cancer will come back, it does happen.
At some point, after you are done with treatment, you may meet with a physician with no clue about your medical history. Hence, it is essential to keep your records so that they know where to start and how to proceed with your treatment.
Risk of Sarcoma Growing Back
In case you have had Sarcoma, you may want to know if there is something you can possibly do to prevent it from coming back. However, there's not enough research evidence showing factors that can lower the risk of soft skin sarcoma growing back.
Nonetheless, you should adopt healthy behaviors, such as regular exercise, not smoking, and observing a healthy body mass index or weight. These changes can impact your health positively. Unfortunately, there are no known dietary supplements that can help reduce the risk of cancer progressing.
What if it Grows Back?
If Sarcoma progresses or grows back at some point, there are various treatment options. These treatments depend on where the cancer is found, your previous treatments as well as your health. Your doctor will best advise you on how to manage it if it recurs.
Acquiring Emotional Support
Some feeling of anxiety, depression, or worry is common if you have had cancer. Some people might be more affected than others.
Fortunately, there is help and support from others, whether family, friends, religious support groups, or professional psychologists. We encourage this support because they help you cope with life after cancer.
There is life after Sarcoma. It does not have to be all frowny because many people have survived it. Live right and adhere to your doctor's advice, and all will be well.