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This illustration shows areas in the body in which soft-tissue sarcomas are likely to occur. In the head and neck area, this includes the nasal cavity, which is the air filled cavity behind the nose; the nasopharynx, the air passageway at the upper part of the throat behind the nose; and the soft palate, at the back of the mouth just in front the nasopharynx. The illustration also highlights the skeleton, abdomen, and extremities (arms and legs). A sagittal cross-section of a male pelvis shows the peritoneum, the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity and organs; the rectus abdominis muscle, which runs down the front of the abdomen; and the fatty tissue that covers the rectus abdominis muscle. Copyright 2004 American Society of Clinical Oncology. Robert Morreale/Visual Explanations, LLC.
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