Sarcomas of Specific Organs: Latest Research

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 01/2019

ON THIS PAGE: You will read about the scientific research being done 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 Types of Treatment, 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 targeted drug, pazopanib, to treat some sarcomas. Some research studies have shown that a certain type of targeted therapy, called an mTOR inhibitor, may be effective in treating PEComa. Clinical trials of other drugs that work in different ways to block tumor growth and survival are also underway.

  • Immunotherapy. As noted in Types of Treatment, immunotherapy is being researched as a treatment option for many types of sarcoma.

  • Chemotherapy. New types of chemotherapy are being researched for the treatment of sarcoma. Many of these drugs focus on new ways to treat sarcoma that have never been tested before.

  • Palliative care/supportive care. Clinical trials are underway to find better ways of reducing symptoms and side effects of current sarcoma treatments to improve comfort and quality of life for patients.

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