In September 2017, Mandy was diagnosed with a myxoid lyposarcoma in her right, posterior thigh. What's that? A liposarcoma is a rare type of cancer that begins in the fat cells. It is considered a type of soft tissue sarcoma. Myxoid means that the tissue resembles mucous - gross, right? Anyway, the sarcoma is confined to her leg.
What's the plan? Since the tumor is large, local radiation treatments directed at the tumor are being used to shrink the tumor. We will do 25 treatments with an expectation of 20 - 25% reduction in size. Why not more shrinkage? This is because the tumor is very slow growing (which is good!). However, this also means that that tumor is also slow to shrink. After radiation, the tumor will be surgically removed. Since it is malignant, margins will also be removed - meaning that tissue around the tumor will also be removed.
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