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Sarcomas often don’t cause any symptoms for a long time. They can start in any part of the body and the symptoms will depend on the part of the body that’s affected.
If the sarcoma is in an arm or a leg, the most common symptom is an uncomfortable swelling in the affected limb. Occasionally, this swelling may be painful or tender, but it may also be painless.
If the sarcoma is in the central part of the body (the trunk), the symptoms will depend on which of the body’s organs is affected. For example:
Usually, soft tissue sarcomas don’t cause any symptoms until they are quite large and pressing on an organ in the body or on a nerve or muscle. Things to look out for include:
If you notice any of the above, contact your GP, but remember that these symptoms can also be caused by other conditions.
Content last reviewed: 1 January 2013
Next planned review: 2015
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