- By sahlhealth
- May 18, 2021
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Angiosarcoma is a rare type of cancer that forms in the lining of the blood vessels and lymph vessels. Your lymph vessels, which are part of your immune system, collect bacteria, viruses and waste products from your body and dispose of them.Angiosarcoma can occur anywhere in your body, but it most often occurs in the skin on your head and neck. Rarely, Angiosarcoma may form in the skin on other parts of your body, such as the breast. Or it may form in deeper tissue, such as the liver and the heart. Angiosarcoma can occur in areas previously treated with radiation therapy .Angiosarcoma treatment depends on where the cancer is located. Treatment options may include surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
Angiosarcoma signs and symptoms may vary based on where the cancer occurs.
Angiosarcoma that affects the skin
-Most often, Angiosarcoma occurs in the skin on the head and neck, particularly the scalp. Signs and symptoms of this form of Angiosarcoma include:
- A raised, purplish area of skin that looks like a bruise
- A bruise-like lesion that grows larger over time
- A lesion that may bleed when scratched or bumped
- Swelling in the surrounding skin
Angiosarcoma that affects organs
-When Angiosarcoma affects organs, such as the liver or the heart, it often causes pain. Other symptoms depend on the location of the Angiosarcoma.
When to see a doctor
-Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any persistent signs or symptoms that worry you.
-Which Angiosarcoma treatment is best for you depends on your cancer's location, its size and whether it has spread to other areas of your body.
Treatment options may include:
- Surgery. The goal of surgery is to remove the Angiosarcoma entirely. Your surgeon will remove the cancer and some of the healthy tissue that surrounds it. In some cases surgery may not be an option, for example, if the cancer is very large or has spread to other areas of the body.
- Radiation therapy. Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams, such as X-rays and protons, to kill cancer cells. Radiation therapy is sometimes used after surgery to kill any cancer cells that remain. Radiation therapy may also be an option if you can't undergo surgery.
- Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is a treatment that uses drugs or chemicals to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy may be an option if your Angiosarcoma has spread to other areas of your body. In certain situations, it may be combined with radiation therapy if you can't undergo surgery.