What You Should Know About Sarcoma

By Heather Hall, RN, Care Coordinator at Health AllianceTM

July is Sarcoma Awareness Month. Here’s what you should know about this type of cancer.

The Basics

Sarcoma is a broad type of cancer that can occur in any location in the body. It’s usually found in bones or soft-connective tissues like muscle, fat, tendons, blood vessels, nerves or the lining of joints. There are more than 70 different types of sarcoma.


Treatment depends on the type of sarcoma, its location, the aggressiveness of cell growth, the cancer’s spread and other health factors (such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, previous history of cancer, heredity and more). Types of treatment may include:

The Care Team

A team of multiple doctors, specialists and others help treat and care for people with sarcoma. These include, among others:

One Final Member of the Care Team

In addition to all these doctors and specialists, there’s one final member of the care team who helps bring everything (and everyone) together. Care coordinators – often available through a person’s health plan or their hospital – help people with sarcoma navigate the healthcare system, understand their diagnosis and treatment plan, and achieve health-related goals. They share information on symptom management strategies and assist people with the processes for referral (to specialty doctors) and prior authorization (for services, procedures and medicines). Care coordinators provide both specific, helpful resources and more general support. They’re an expert guide throughout the entire treatment process.

For members of our health plans, care coordination is a free service – and the Oncology Care Coordination Program is specifically available to assist our members with sarcoma and other cancers. To learn more about our Oncology Care Coordination Program, visit here. If you want this friendly, expert help, sign up by calling the number on the back of your health plan ID card.