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Soft tissue sarcomas

The majority of soft tissue sarcomas develop in the abdomen, thorax and limbs. These tumours sometimes develop for…


Institut Curie is one of the five leading facilities worldwide in soft-tissue sarcoma management. As a reference center…

Suivi des sarcomes

Sarcomas: follow-up after treatment

Emmanuelle Manck
After treatment for a sarcoma, patients must be monitored for several years to check that there is no relapse or metastasis.

Sarcomas: frequent follow-up

Follow-up consultations are frequent to begin with (every three to four months) then decrease to once every six months and then once per year. The exact terms of the follow-up depend on the age of the patient and his/her state of health, the tumor type and the treatment given.


Follow-up examinations after sarcoma

Each follow-up consultation mainly involves a clinical exam and imaging exams:

  • X-rays, scans and/or MRIs of the area of the body on which surgery was performed
  • Lung X-rays or scans
  • Bone scintigraphy for a bone tumor, if it is suspected that the skeleton is affected


Sarcomas: risk of relapse

The quality of the surgery performed is a major factor in the risk of local relapse, though the severity and size of the tumor are also significant: the greater they are, the higher the risk of relapse.

To summarize, it is essential to seek a consultation quickly if you have an unexplained mass, to contact an expert sarcoma center as soon as care begins, to strictly comply with follow-up requirements, and finally to consult your physician promptly if any further anomaly occurs.

The current rate of local recurrence of soft-tissue sarcomas in limbs is less than 10%, compared with 25% barely 10 years ago thanks to progress in the management of sarcomas. For sarcomas in the retroperitoneum (the abdomen), recurrence has fallen to less than 20% compared with over 50% a few years ago.