Soft Tissue Sarcoma Surgery

This information is useful for children and adults
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • We provide combination therapy that is tailored to each patient to obtain the best outcome.
  • We are experts at treating this type of cancer.
  • We conduct clinical trials to improve treatments and outcomes for our patients.

Soft tissue sarcomas are cancerous tumors that form in the cells that make up the body's connective tissues. There are various types of sarcomas that can arise in different parts of the body such as the arm, leg, trunk, abdomen, and retroperitoneum (the region of the body at the very back of the abdomen and pelvis). 

Surgery is a common treatment for this type of cancer. At Yale Medicine, surgeons work closely with radiation oncologists and medical oncologists to tailor treatment plans for each case. The research done at our Cancer Center—one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States and the only one in Connecticut—has dramatically improved the treatment for sarcoma.


Some of the more common types of sarcoma include:

Sarcomas can also arise from cartilage, nerves, fibrous tissue, blood vessels, and other connective tissue throughout the body.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.