Soft Tissue Sacroma Patient Success Story

Treatment of soft tissue sarcoma

She beats cancer twice with multidisciplinary personalized medical treatment approach!

Seher Altındis, who lives in Antalya, visited a doctor with complaints of low back pain and severe foot pain that would wake her up from sleep at night, 16 years ago. She was diagnosed with 'soft tissue cancer'. Finding cancer early often allows for more treatment options. Some early cancers may have signs and symptoms that can be noticed, but that's not always the case. Luckily, after several types of imaging tests, blood testing and biopsies were done, early detection of her cancer, greatly increased the chances for successful treatment. Memorial Oncology department team discussed treatment options with her. It was significant to weigh the benefits of each treatment option against possible risks and side effects. 

There are many types of soft tissue tumors and not all of them are cancerous. Many benign tumors are found in soft tissues. When the word sarcoma is part of the name of a disease, it means the tumor is cancerous (malignant).

Increased awareness of possible warning signs of cancer, among physicians, oncologists, nurses and other medical care providers as well as among the general public, can have a great impact on the disease.  

What is chemoradiation?

She was treated with chemoradiation (chemo-radiotherapy) which is a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy to help shrink the cancer and reduce the risk of cancer coming back in or around the rectum. When she was 19 years old, she was cured with combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy after two years later.

After she married and had a son, her malignant soft tissue tumor also known sarcoma, occurred again, and came back repeatedly. Fear of the cancer coming back is common among people who've recently been treated for soft tissue sarcoma. Luckily, her sarcomas were treated with great caution. 

33 years old the patient with a soft tissue sarcoma were cared for by a team of Medical Oncologist Prof. Mustafa Ozdogan, MD, and nurses at Memorial Medstar Antalya, who helped to plan the most appropriate treatment.

The best treatment depends on things such as where the cancer developed, the type of sarcoma it is, how far it has spread, patients’ age and their general health. Tumors may occur in any bone in the body. Bone pain, weakened bone and unintended weight loss are the most common sign of bone cancer, and may become more noticeable as the tumor grows. Metastatic bone tumors cause cancer cells to spread throughout the body. In almost all cases, treatment for cancerous tumors includes a combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.

Ms. Altintas with a malignant tumor was recommended chemotherapy, in a combination with improved technique of tumor removal surgery which often includes a wide excision of the tumor. As part of her treatment, stem cell therapy was performed as an improved method for functional reconstruction. 

Surgical oncology theory and multidisciplinary practice

With this type of approach, multidisciplinary surgical oncologists and the team aimed to better anticipate which types of treatment options would best suit a patient, depending on their epigenetic inheritance and lifestyle factors that are relevant to them. Highly individualised combination therapy for treatment resistant cancer can achieve improved disease control and survival rates. 

Combination of treatment method was done to manage and control the tumor after surgery.

Feb. 19, 2020