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What is Liposarcoma?

  • Liposarcoma is a malignant soft tissue tumor that develops in fat tissue. It’s most often found in the abdominal cavity or extremities, usually the thigh or upper arm, but it can be found anywhere in the body. Its cause is unknown but it has been linked to genetics and inherited diseases. A liposarcoma tumor may exist for a long time before being discovered. Treatment usually involves surgery and potentially radiation.

    Liposarcoma treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's

    Children with lipsoarcoma are treated through the Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Our specialists — including pediatric oncologists, surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists — offer a level of expertise in soft tissue tumor treatment rarely seen at other pediatric cancer centers. We provide the full set of options that can be used to treat liposarcoma, and our specialists can help you determine which option is best for your child.

    Learn more about childhood lipsarcoma

    Find in-depth information on liposarcoma on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website, including details on lipsarcoma symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.