Cancer is uncontrolled growth of cells which can be in any part of the body. Soft tissue tumours are those that arise in the muscles, fat, nerves, blood vessels etc. Not all soft tissue tumours are cancerous, they can be benign (non cancerous) as well. Benign soft tissue tumours do not grow in other parts of the body and generally are not life threatening. However when the word sarcoma is added to a soft tissue tumour then it means that it is malignant or cancerous. Most of the soft tissue sarcomas develop in the bones and muscles. They are commonly seen in arms and legs but are also found trunk, head and neck area. The best part about soft tissue sarcoma is that it is not a common type of cancer in India.
The best way to prevent soft tissue sarcoma from affecting you it is important not to ignore any lump in the body. In case you notice any lump or unwanted growth do see a doctor and get it checked. The most common symptoms of soft tissue sarcomas are:
The best way to diagnose for any disease starts with the consultation and physical examination. Dr J S Virk who is considered as one of the best bone and soft tissue cancer surgeon in Punjab, India, is a strong proponent of face to face consultation and physical examination for all bone and soft tissue tumours. Medical history of the patient plays a very important role in correlating the test results and planning the best line of treatment.
Following or few of the under-mentioned tests can be advised by the bone cancer surgeon in India:
PET CT Scan
Most important of the above investigations is the PET CT Scan and Biopsy. PET CT scan is mostly done after the biopsy, once it has been diagnosed that the tumour is cancerous. PET CT Scan of the whole body is performed to understand the staging of cancer. If the tumour is localized then it is considered as Stage 1 and if it has spread to two nearby organs then it is stage 2 and if it has spread to distant body parts then it is considered as stage 4.
Surgery is the best line of treatment to start with in early staged soft tissue sarcomas. At Paras Hospital, Panchkula, Punjab Dr J S Virk plans a wide margin excision of the tumour. Wide margin excision means that the bone tumour surgeon will remove the infected part along with a small part of healthy tissue. This ensures that no cancer tissue is left behind. The tissue that is removed from the body is sent for biopsy. Post biopsy patient may need radiation or chemotherapy for the best and long term results. Survival rate in early stage soft tissue sarcoma in India is very good.
Dr J S Virk specializes in limb salvage surgery. This is a new development in the treatment of bone cancers. Earlier the only treatment used to be amputation or removal of the limb to save the life. Limb salvage surgery has become the main stay in bone cancer surgery wherever possible. Dr J S Virk is a great exponent of performing limb salvage surgery. However there might be cases where amputation needs to be done. One thing is sure with Dr Virk that whatever decision he takes would always be in the best interest of the patient.
Dr. JS Virk is one of the few Orthopaedic Onco Surgeons in India. After specializing in Orthopaedics, Dr Virk has done fellowships in Onco Surgery from Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, New Delhi and in Reconstructive Surgery from Singapore General Hospital.
Dr. Virk has specialized in Limb Salvage Surgery for Bone Cancer Patients. Dr. JS Virk is currently working as Bone Cancer Surgeon at Paras Cancer Institute, Panchkula, Punjab. Dr Virk is a member of the Cancer Team which includes Medical Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, Nuclear Medicine Physicians and Surgical Oncologists. Paras Cancer Institute has the most advanced facilities in the form of Linear Accelerator, Fully equipped Modular Operation Theatres, Cryotherapy and Chemotherapy.
Bone Cancer is a rare form of cancer but so are the bone cancer specialists. Very few orthopaedic surgeons choose to go in the field of Ortho Onco Surgery. Dr. JS Virk is of the few Ortho Onco Surgeons in India.
Lots of patients who are suspected to have any form of cancer are kept hanging in suspense due to the delays in testing and receiving the reports of the tests. This causes inexcusable delay in the commencement of the treatment.