NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,811 terms related to cancer and medicine.

Browse the dictionary by selecting a letter of the alphabet or by entering a cancer-related word or phrase in the search box.

soft tissue sarcoma
(…TIH-shoo sar-KOH-muh)
A cancer that begins in the muscle, fat, fibrous tissue, blood vessels, or other supporting tissue of the body.

EnlargeSoft tissue sarcoma; drawing shows different types of tissue in the body where soft tissue sarcomas form, including the lymph vessels, blood vessels, fat, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and nerves.

Soft tissue sarcoma forms in soft tissues of the body, including muscle, tendons, fat, blood vessels, lymph vessels, nerves, and tissue around joints.