No Shave November: Epithelioid Sarcoma
During the month of November, the Hawk Morning Show is going unshaven to bring to light some of the rarer forms of cancer that you might not have heard of before.
According to the official No-Shave Facebook page and website “No-Shave November is a unique way to raise cancer awareness. The goal is to grow awareness by embracing our hair – which many cancer patients lose – and letting it grow wild.
Each Friday during the month of No-Shave November, Glenn and I will post pictures of our unshaven selves and share with you information on various forms of cancer and the struggles those with each form of cancer face.
This week we’re introducing you to a cancer called Epithelioid Sarcoma which is so rare that you’ve got a better chance of being stuck by lightening than getting it.
Epithelioid sarcoma is very challenging and comes with deadly tumors. The most common place this cancer strikes is the upper and lower extremities, with approximately 15% of all cases located in the lower extremity. The most common sites are the fingers, hands, and forearms. Even with treatment and potential amputation, this cancer is considered a terminal one.
Who Contracts Epithelioid Sarcoma?
This tumor usually strikes adolescents and young adults between 10 and 35 years of age. More often than not, more males contract this cancer than women.
What Are The Symptoms?
A sarcoma may appear as a painless lump under the skin, often on an arm or a leg. Sarcomas that begin in the abdomen may not cause symptoms until they become very large. As the sarcoma grows larger and presses on nearby organs, nerves, muscles, or blood vessels, symptoms may include pain and trouble breathing. This tumor is frequently misdiagnosed as a skin condition, warts, or corns, and when not diagnosed right away, can cause serious medical. This cancer can have one tumor or multiple and is often described as a “woody hard knot” or “firm lump” that is slow growing and painless.
What Is The Treatment?
Treatment needs to be very aggressive. Patients with sarcoma often require a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Sometimes amputation is necessary.