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Cancer

Liposarcoma

06/06/2007

Question:

My boyfriend has been recently diagnosed with liposarcoma and it has spread to several part of his body already. I want to know, can this type of cancer go to the brain, too, and being that it is in several part of his body already, what sort of life expectancy does he have? It is on his lung, stomach (huge mass upper rt side), 5 and 7 vertebra, 2x7 in mass in his leg, which he had to have a rod put in to support his femur. He is in lots of pain in the back and is on lots of pain meds.

Answer:

This patient clearly has advanced disease with widespread metastases. Prognosis is very grim with 5-year survival approaching zero-percent. The only treatment to extend survival would be systemic chemotherapy. The literature on chemotherapy in soft tissue sarcomas is varied and fairly controversial.

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Response by:

Patrick J Getty, MD Patrick J Getty, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University