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Chemotherapy for soft tissue sarcoma


Chemotherapy for soft tissue sarcoma

Chemotherapy may be used in combination with surgery and radiation therapy to treat advanced-stage soft tissue sarcoma. Chemotherapy drugs work to either destroy cancer cells, or impede their ability to grow and reproduce.

At our hospitals, we are developing innovative therapies personalized to the care of each soft tissue sarcoma patient. Our medical oncologists work closely with soft tissue sarcoma patients to determine if chemotherapy is an appropriate treatment option. Among the standard-of-care chemotherapy drugs used to treat soft tissue sarcoma are:

  • Doxorubicin
  • Epirubicin
  • Ifosfamide
  • Etoposide
  • Dacarbazine
  • Paclitaxel
  • Docetaxel
  • Gemcitabine

Throughout your soft tissue sarcoma treatment, your Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) care team continually monitors the effect of chemotherapy on the disease, with physical exams, blood tests, CT scans, MRI scans and chest X-rays and imaging.

We understand the potential side effects of chemotherapy are unpleasant and may include nausea, vomiting, hair loss and mouth sores. Your care team may use multiple measures to help reduce or moderate chemotherapy-related symptoms. Prior to receiving chemotherapy for soft tissue sarcoma, you may receive pre-medications to help make side effects more tolerable.

During chemotherapy, your care team will provide supportive care services to help ease side effects. For example, our naturopathic clinicians may suggest supplements to reduce nausea. Also, a mind-body therapist may recommend mind-body techniques to help you relax and feel less anxious during your chemotherapy treatments.