Dr. Templeton describes a soft tissue sarcoma.
A sarcoma in general is a kind of cancer that occurs in connective tissue, which means it’s something other than your organ. So it’s not your lung, it’s not your kidney, it’s not your liver. It’s everything else, and it’s also not skin. So with things like muscles, nerves, blood vessels, bone. So that’s a sarcoma in general, a soft tissue sarcoma that are cancers that occur outside of the bone.
So those again can occur in muscle, which is where we see them most frequently, occasionally will occur at nerves and in blood vessels. They happen in the places where you have the most muscle. So they can happen anywhere, but where you typically see them is around the buttock, the thigh, the shoulder, just where you have got more muscle and, therefore, you are more likely to develop the sarcoma.
About Dr. Kim Templeton, M.D.:
Kim Templeton, M.D., received her degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine with a specialty in orthopedics and musculoskeletal oncology and began her career with an orthopedic residency at Chicago's Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center.
She then accepted a Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 1995, she came to the KU School of Medicine, where her commitment to excellence and orthopedic education has opened the way to positions of leadership. She is now the Director of the Orthopedic Residency Education Program at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, holds the first Joy McCann Professorship for Women in Medicine and Science, and currently serves as president of the KU Medical Center's Women in Medicine and Science program.