ON THIS PAGE: You will read about the scientific research being done now to learn more about sarcoma and how to treat them. Use the menu to see other pages.
Doctors are working to learn more about sarcoma, ways to prevent them, how to best treat these diseases, and how to provide the best care to people diagnosed with either disease. The following areas of research may include new options for patients through clinical trials. Always talk with your doctor about the best diagnostic and treatment options for you.
Targeted therapy. As described in Treatment Options, targeted therapy is a treatment that targets the tumor’s specific genes, proteins, or the tissue environment that contributes to tumor growth and survival. Clinical trials led to the approval of a new targeted drug, pazopanib. Clinical trials of other drugs that work in different ways to starve tumors of their blood supply are also underway.
Chemotherapy. New types of chemotherapy are being researched for the treatment of sarcoma. Many of these drugs focus on ways to treat sarcoma that have never been tested before.
Palliative care. Clinical trials are underway to find better ways of reducing symptoms and side effects of current sarcoma treatments to improve patients’ comfort and quality of life.
Looking for More About the Latest Research?
If you would like additional information about the latest areas of research regarding sarcomas of specific organs, explore these related items that take you outside of this guide:
To find clinical trials specific to your diagnosis, talk with your doctor or search online clinical trial databases now.
Review research announced at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting.
Visit the website of the Conquer Cancer Foundation to find out how to help support cancer research. Please note that this link takes you to a separate ASCO website.
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