a tumor Is rare, complex and difficult to address. We talked about the sarcoma : a cancer rare that can have more than 70 surnames. This complicates both the diagnosis, which causes many patients to reach even to suffer a number of interventions prior to really know what happens to them; as the research to get effective therapies. Can first appear at any age, but is mostly a c áncer that appears in childhood and first youth.
"When a child has cancer has many ballots that it is a sarcoma," said dr. Ricardo Cubedo, medical oncologist of the Hospital Puerta de Hierro and director of Sarcomas and Cancer Hereditrio of the Service of Medical Oncology of MD Anderson Cancer Center Madrid. In a meeting organized by Pharmamar, on the occasion of the National Day of the Sarcoma , which is commemorated today, September 20, the expert wanted to emphasize in the alarm of this disease.
Although it can affect various tissues, the doctor Cubedo explained that sarcomas can be grouped into two large families: the arise in the bone and the ones that do in the soft (muscles, fat, tendons...). Half of them face to face as lumps in the limbs . In the words of the specialist, we should be concerned and consult with our medical doctor when the lump:
-Is larger than a marble in a child .
-Is larger than a golf ball in an adult .
- Grow rapidly .
-What we have from a long time ago, and starts to be m olesto .
A quarter of sarcomas has as its main symptom the pain . "In children is often confused with the pain of growth and in adults with any sports injury," warns dr. Cubedo. "There are alarmed when the pain is in one knee, and/or wake the child at night. In the case of adults, when, after two months, pain in limb, not forwards", advises the specialist.
In terms of the approach, it is better to wait for an imaging test, and other that ensure the accurate diagnosis before intervening. "The ruling tends to be the first specialist to which the patient is referred to. You never have to remove it before doing the test image," explains dr. Cubedo.
In this sense, Pilar Leon, a member of the board of directors of the Spanish Association of patients Affected by Sarcoma (Ehea) shared during the meeting how her son was diagnosed with as a ganglión what finally was a sarcoma. Also Alberto Martinez, patron of the Fundación Mari Paz Jiménez Casado, recalled that Mari Paz he was diagnosed with sarcoma after five operations.
Both patient groups to invest their resources in promoting research and they are fighting, among other things, to get in all the autonomous communities there is a reference center for sarcoma.Updated Date: 21 September 2019, 01:00