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Sarcomas

Sarcomas

The best treatment plan for sarcomas depends on the tumor type, location, and grade.

Sarcoma Treatment

Sarcomas are malignant tumors that develop in the soft tissue or bone and make up only 1% of all adult cancers. If you have been diagnosed with a sarcoma, it is important to seek an expert opinion from a team with extensive experience treating this type of cancer.

At Ackerman Cancer Center, our radiation oncologists have more than 25 years of experience treating patients. Our patient-focused philosophy means that you will be involved in every step of your treatment planning and that the physicians will always take time to discuss any questions or concerns you might have about your sarcoma. Contact us today at 904-880-5522 to find out which treatment options are best for you.

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Treatments

Patients at Ackerman Cancer Center have access to some of the most advanced technologies for treating sarcomas, including:

  • Proton Therapy

    Proton therapy is one of the most precise, advanced radiation treatment modalities available today. In traditional photon radiation, the X-ray beams travel through the tumor, destroying both cancerous and healthy tissue along the way. Proton therapy provides a more efficient solution by utilizing charged particles (protons) to penetrate the tissue and deposit nearly all of their energy directly at the tumor site, thereby reducing damage to surrounding areas.

    Ackerman Cancer Center is proud to be the world’s first private practice offering its own proton beam technology. Though proton therapy is not right for every patient, the radiation oncologists at Ackerman Cancer Center will consider all options when developing your personalized treatment plan.

    Learn more about proton therapy

  • 3-D External Beam Radiation

    3-D External Beam Radiation, also known as 3-D Conformal Radiation Therapy, is a technique that delivers radiation to a tumor site. Imaging scans and special computers map the location of the tumor in three dimensions. During treatment, several beams deliver radiation matched to the shape of the tumor.

  • Brachytherapy

    Brachytherapy is a type of internal radiation therapy that delivers a higher dose of radiation directly to the tumor, the area near it, or the site following tumor removal. This approach helps protect surrounding healthy tissue. Ackerman Cancer Center performs brachytherapy treatments such as prostate seed implants, APBI, and Valencia® for skin cancer.

  • Electron Beam Radiation Therapy

    Electron Radiotherapy is a form of external beam radiation that delivers electrons to the tumor site using the Elekta Medical Linear Accelerator.

Research on Proton for Sarcomas

Long Term Results Treating Sarcomas with High-Dose Proton Therapy vs. High-dose photon therapy

Journal of Surgical Oncology

This article presents the outcomes of treating sarcomas with proton therapy vs. conventional photon radiation therapy. The study concluded local control of primary tumors is high with proton therapy treatment.

What to Expect

Being diagnosed with cancer raises many questions. Learn what to expect during cancer treatment here.

For more information about the Ackerman Cancer Center and its available treatment options, please call 904-880-5522.