Liposarcoma is a malignant soft tissue tumor. It can be found anywhere in the body where soft tissue is present, including muscles, tendons, connective tissue, fat, blood vessels, and nerve and joint tissue, but it is most often found in the abdominal cavity or limbs, such as the thigh or upper arm. There are many types of liposarcoma. It usually doesn't spread beyond its location and may exist for a long time before being discovered. The cause is unknown but may be linked to genetics and inherited diseases. Liposarcoma is rare and can affect anyone, but it most often affects adults age 50 to 65. It is the most common form of soft tissue sarcoma in adults.
The O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB provides the latest in advanced cancer care for patients in Alabama and the surrounding region. Cancer specialists at UAB Medicine employ a team approach, combining multiple specialists trained in medical, surgical, and radiation oncology as well as pathology and other key fields. Our National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only one in a six-state region and one of just 40 in the nation. Our 330-plus physicians and researchers treat an estimated 5,000 new patients each year, and they are dedicated to providing leading-edge care in a compassionate environment while developing a comprehensive treatment plan designed specifically for each patient.
Our excellence has not gone unnoticed. Becker's Hospital Review included UAB on its recent list of "100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs” – a testament to patient care, cancer outcomes, and research – and the center has consistently been recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, the center developed the UAB Health System Cancer Community Network, an elite group that includes 10 partner hospitals across five states, with the goal of expanding the availability and quality of cancer services for patients. Together with our team of experts, your fight is our fight.
UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for the diagnosis and treatment of liposarcoma. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.View Clinical Trials