What is Angiosarcoma?
Angiosarcoma is a rare type of cancer that develops in the cells that line the blood vessels and lymph vessels. It is most commonly found in the skin, scalp, and soft tissues of the head and neck, but can also occur in other parts of the body. Symptoms of angiosarcoma may include a lump or swelling, pain, and bleeding. Treatment typically involves surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
What are the symptoms of Angiosarcoma?
Common symptoms of angiosarComa include:
-Skin Lesions that may be red, purple, or blue in color
-Lumps or bumps under the skin
-Pain or tenderness in the affected area
-Swelling or fluid buildup in the affected area
-Itching or Burning sensation in the affected area
-Bleeding or oozing from the affected area
-Nausea and vomiting
What are the causes of Angiosarcoma?
The exact cause of angiosarcoma is unknown. However, some factors that may increase the risk of developing angiosarcoma include:
-Exposure to radiation
-Exposure to certain chemicals, such as vinyl chloride
-Previous radiation therapy
-Previous exposure to certain drugs, such as arsenic
-Chronic inflammation or infection
-Chronic exposure to sunlight
What are the treatments for Angiosarcoma?
The treatments for Angiosarcoma vary depending on the stage and location of the tumor. Generally, treatments may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and/or targeted therapy. Surgery is usually the first line of treatment and may involve removing the tumor and some surrounding tissue. Radiation therapy may be used to shrink the tumor before or after surgery. Chemotherapy and targeted therapy may be used to shrink the tumor or slow its growth.
What are the risk factors for Angiosarcoma?
1. Exposure to radiation
2. Chronic lymphedema
3. Chronic skin irritation
4. Chronic inflammation
5. Previous history of radiation therapy
6. Previous history of chemotherapy
7. Previous history of organ transplant
8. Previous history of certain medical conditions, such as liver disease or heart disease
9. Exposure to certain chemicals, such as vinyl chloride or arsenic
10. Genetic predisposition
Is there a cure/medications for Angiosarcoma?
At this time, there is no known cure for angiosarcoma. Treatment options may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. The type of treatment used will depend on the size and location of the tumor, as well as the patient's overall health.