Scripps multidisciplinary teams care for patients with desmoid tumors. These rare tumors are a type of sarcoma cancer that is usually benign (non-cancerous) and originate in the abdomen in soft tissue that surrounds muscles. They typically do not spread to other parts of the body but can have higher recurrence rates, according to national studies.
Desmoid tumors may be treated in various ways including:
- Surgery where the tumor is removed along with a margin of healthy tissue surrounding the cancer.
- Radiation therapy instead of surgery or in combination with surgery.
- Chemotherapy and targeted therapies when a tumor is not feasible for surgery, due to its size or location, and they can be part of a treatment plan for recurrent (returning) desmoid tumors. A targeted therapy drug has been shown to be successful in some patients in halting the growth of desmoid tumors.