This year, about 12,750 people (7,240 men and 5,510 women) will be diagnosed with STS in the United States.
Sarcomas are described as being localized, locally advanced, or metastatic when they are first found.
- Localized means the tumor is only in 1 area of the body.
- Locally advanced means the tumor involves or attaches to nearby tissues or organs. This often means it is not possible to remove the tumor because of its location, size, or the organs it involves.
- Metastatic means the sarcoma has spread to parts of the body far away from where the sarcoma started.
- About 58% of sarcomas are found as a localized sarcoma. The 5-year survival rate for people with localized sarcoma is 81%.
- About 18% of sarcomas are found in a locally advanced stage. The 5-year survival rate for people with locally advanced sarcoma is 58%.
- About 14% of sarcomas are found in a metastatic stage. The 5-year survival rate for people with metastatic sarcoma is 16%.
Source of information: www.cancer.net