Sarcoma is a type of cancer, which occurs in connective tissues. Moreover, sarcoma is broadly classified into two types such as soft tissue sarcoma and bone sarcoma. Soft tissue sarcomas occur in tissues of blood vessels, nerves, tendons, muscles, fat, and lining of the joints. Soft tissue sarcomas are mostly found in legs, arms, abdomen, and chest. There are over 50 types of soft tissue sarcoma. Soft tissue sarcoma symptoms include lump growth, abdominal pain, blood in stools, and vomiting.
Personalized medicine is one emerging sarcoma treatment that may become the preferred cancer treatment approach. It means collecting data about your body and your cancer on a molecular level to match you with a drug that has the biggest impact and minimal side effects for your specific type of tumor. Imatinib is one of these drugs that targets certain types of cancers, including gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), which is the most common sarcoma of the gastrointestinal tract.
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