Sarcomas are a rare cancer, with about 12,000 people diagnosed each year. These cancers start in cells that make up bone or soft tissue which can include fat, muscles, nerves, tendons, blood and lymph vessels.
There are more than 50 types of soft tissue sarcoma
and these can occur anywhere in the body.
The good news is that with early, accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment by a multidisciplinary team, many patients live long and productive lives.
UofL Brown Cancer Center provides the highest level of clinical cancer care in the region and access to the latest cancer research. Our physicians are all professors at the University of Louisville School of Medicine with unique clinical expertise, which provides our patients with the benefit of a team-focused, multidisciplinary approach.
We mean that the clinical plan for each patient is:
Customized – you are not a case; you are a patient, and each individual’s care is tailored to the needs of the patient
Comprehensive – we consider the physical, emotional, psychological and social needs of each patient to ensure holistic care that provides the best care and outcomes possible
Coordinated – as your multidisciplinary melanoma team, all the physicians and specialists who are providing your treatment meet for a team conference to synthesize their efforts
Each member of your clinical team meets together in one room to collaborate and brings the best knowledge to the table to discuss your diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment moving forward. This approach ensures that each and every patient receives the ideal combination of treatments and therapies.
Your team includes an orthopedic surgeon and surgical, medical and radiation oncologists. But because we know cancer treatment is not just about medical care, it’s about patients – your team may also include social workers, nutritionists, behavioral oncologists, medical assistants, pharmacologists, specially-trained oncology nurses and other appropriate specialists.
When you enter treatment, you will find that UofL Brown Cancer Center offers the latest in surgical techniques, radiation therapy and drug therapies.
In addition, our specially-trained oncology nurses will care for you before, during, and after treatment; help manage cancer trials; and educate you about what to expect. They also communicate with your family members and other members of your support team to address their needs and concerns.