Soft Tissue Sarcoma Image Enhancement
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Image Enhancement for Soft Tissue Sarcoma Patients
The care team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) understands that hair loss and changes to the skin and body associated with soft tissue sarcoma and its treatment can be upsetting. Additionally, some surgeries for soft tissue sarcoma can lead to a change in your appearance and self-image. These changes can have a profound effect on how you feel about yourself.
At CTCA, our overall goal is to treat the whole person, in mind, body and spirit, as we help you fight your soft tissue sarcoma. Our soft tissue sarcoma image enhancement specialists provide support to help you cope with any changes to your appearance that may occur before, during and after your treatment, and help you find ways to look and feel your best throughout your treatment.
A good self-image may help reduce depression and anxiety, help you feel more confident and improve your overall sense of well-being. Through image enhancements for soft tissue sarcoma patients, we can help you maintain a positive self-image and attitude.
Cosmetic Image Enhancement
CTCA offers cosmetic image enhancement to support you as you undergo soft tissue sarcoma treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. We want to help you anticipate and prepare for the potential changes in appearance (such as hair loss or surgical scars) and body image issues that may result from treatment. We also offer classes and seminars for you, your family and community members.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Support
Surgical oncologists at CTCA work closely with our plastic and reconstructive surgeons. In many cases, our plastic surgeons can perform restorative surgical procedures during, or following, your soft tissue sarcoma surgery.
During limb-sparing surgery, reconstructive surgeons may be called upon to assist with surgical wound closure, which may include replacing the tissue that is lost when the tumor is removed. For some patients, the plastic surgeon will take muscle and tissues from other areas of the body, and fill in the void that is left behind after removal of the tumor.
Though amputation is rare, for some patients it still may be the best way to treat this disease, as well as to reduce the risk of sarcoma recurrence. If this is a part of your treatment plan, your soft tissue sarcoma team at CTCA is available to help you adjust to your prosthesis, both physically and emotionally. Your oncology rehabilitation team will help you relearn activities using your prosthesis, while the mind-body medicine team can help you deal with the changes in your appearance.
A Team Approach to Soft Tissue Sarcoma Care
With so many different types of soft tissue sarcomas and treatment options available, at CTCA we believe that this team approach to care is the right way to help you fight the cancer and prepare you to return home.
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