Sarcoma is a type of cancer that affects the bones and soft tissue. It can develop anywhere in the body. Soft tissue sarcoma (STS), the most common type of sarcoma, starts in soft tissues such as the muscles, tendons, fat, blood vessels, or other supporting tissue. The most common types of soft tissue sarcomas that affect children include:
Ewing sarcoma: This rare cancerous tumor grows in bones or the soft tissue around bones like cartilage or the nerves. It usually affects people ages 10 to 20. About 200 children and young adults in the United States are affected by Ewing sarcoma every year.
Rhabdomyosarcoma: About seven weeks into the development of an embryo, cells called rhabdomyoblasts (which will eventually form skeletal muscles) begin to form. Rhabdomyosarcoma is much more common in children, although it sometimes occurs in adults.
Why Choose Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center?
One of only 71 NCI-designated cancer centers in the United States. Sylvester is one of only two cancer centers in Florida that have been recognized by the National Cancer Institute. The team earned this distinction through its outstanding work conducting research in its laboratories, treating patients in its clinics and hospitals, and reaching out to medically underserved communities with innovative prevention strategies.
South Florida's only university-based pediatric transplant program. We serve children in South Florida, Latin America, and the Caribbean through our national affiliations. Your child has access to a wider base of donors and clinical trials involving stem cell transplant to increase chances of a successful transplant.
A multidisciplinary team approach. Your child’s care team includes pediatric cancer doctors, oncology nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, nutritionists, pain management specialists, and other health care professionals to deliver complete care. We focus on minimizing side effects and improving your child’s quality of life during treatment.
Personalized recommendations. We keep you and your child’s goals in mind when developing screening and treatment schedules. Whether there’s a family history of particular cancers or you want to ensure your child’s health long term, you get personalized attention.