Retroperitoneal and Extremity Soft Tissue Tumor Surgery
Retroperitoneal sarcoma is a rare tumor, accounting for 20% of soft tissue sarcomas, all of which make up only about 1% of adult cancers. This type of cancer occurs in the back of the abdomen near the kidneys, behind the membrane that lines the abdomen and pelvis. This is also an area that houses many of our vital organs, and the only treatment for this type of cancer is open surgery. Retroperitoneal sarcoma is located deep in the body and, therefore, often discovered after it has grown quite large. This factor, combined with the fact that these tumors may be located near critical organs, makes it difficult to remove all of the diseased tissue.
With such a rare and complex tumor, it is important to select a surgeon with a great deal of experience and expertise in this type of procedure. In some cases, adjacent structures, including organs and blood vessels need to be removed. The surgeries tend to be very long, sometimes taking eight hours or more. Unfortunately, many of these tumors return and, as surgery is currently the best treatment, require another operation. Patients who have undergone this surgery remain in the hospital for long post-op stays, ranging from a week and a half to more than three weeks. This is a complex surgery and so outcomes vary. Patients will have regular follow-up appointments for several years after surgery.
At Center for Advanced Surgical Oncology, we treat the entire spectrum of cancers and cancer related disorders. Our experienced team of caring health professional offers advanced surgical treatment options. Dealing with cancer can be difficult, but at Center for Advanced Surgical Oncology we are here for you every step of the way.