Hemangiopericytoma is an extremely rare malignant, or cancerous, tumor.
Hemangiopericytoma is a rare soft-tissue tumor that is cancerous (malignant). These tumors originate from pericytes, which are a type of cell found in capillary walls. Hemangiopericytoma have a high recurrence rate, meaning they can come back.
Hemangiopericytoma of soft-tissue is a cancerous tumor that originates from pericytes, which are located in capillary walls. They are at risk for recurrence, or coming back after removal.
Radiographic imaging is used to help form a diagnosis. These include X-Ray, MRI, CT and Bone Scans.
An example of an MRI is shown.
The treatment of hemangiopericytoma of soft-tissue includes limb-sparing surgery, such as wide or radical resection. If malignant, chemotherapy and/or radiation may also be used as treatment.
Surgical treatment includes wide or radical resections to remove the complete tumor and additional margins. The removal of additional, surrounding margins ensures that the tumor is completely removed and decreases the chances of the tumor coming back.
Chemotherapy is a systemic treatment option for some cancers, meaning the chemotherapy drugs travel throughout the body and can kill the cancerous cells that have metastasized, or spread throughout. Chemotherapy is used to treat cancer, control/prevent cancer from spreading, and ease the symptoms related to the cancer. There are various drugs used in chemotherapy, so the combinations of drugs administered and the number of cycles may differ between each person and tumor. Lastly, chemotherapy may be used in conjunction with other treatments, specifically local treatments such as surgery.
Radiation is a treatment option for some cancers. Radiation therapy is a localized treatment that utilizes high-energy particles or waves to kill cancerous cells. Because radiation therapy is a localized treatment, it only affects the area in which it is set to target and therefore eliminates the risks of damaging healthy cells throughout the body. Not only is it used to treat cancer, but it can also decrease the chances of the cancer from recurring. Lastly, radiation may be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as surgery or chemotherapy, to treat cancers.
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