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Feb 9, 2017
Marc has been diagnosed with Well-differentiated Liposarcoma of the abdomen. This is a rare cancer of connective tissues that resemble fat cells under a microscope. It accounts for up to 18% of all soft tissue sarcomas. Liposarcoma can occur in almost any part of the body but a third of all cases involve the abdominal cavity. Marc’s subtype, Well-differentiated, is the most common subtype and usually starts as a low grade tumor. Low grade tumor cells look much like normal fat cells under the microscope and tend to grow and change slowly.
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Marc went in for a routine pre-op for a colonoscopy at a Gastroenterologist at The Hoag Health Center in Newport Beach. The tumor was detected and he immediately was sent for an ultra sound. Soon to follow was the CAT scan and the following day, he had a biopsy. Everything confirmed that it is Liposarcoma.
Surgery is the treatment for liposarcomas. Complete surgical removal of tumors within the abdomen is difficult, in part because of the difficulty in getting clear margins of normal tissue because of all the organs that reside in the abdomen. The combination of surgery, and then following with radiation therapy has been shown to prevent recurrence at the surgical site in about 85-90% of liposarcoma cases.