Dr. Templeton explains if all soft tissue tumors are cancerous.
No, actually most soft tissue tumors are benign, so not cancerous, and we actually really don’t know how many people have benign soft tissue tumors because they don’t necessarily ever come to see a doctor because it’s just a lump or bump that somebody notices. It never changes; it never causes any problem, so they may not see anyone.
So those are much more common than the soft tissue sarcomas, and the sarcomas are the cancers that occur in the muscles or the blood vessels or in the nerves.
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.