Angiosarcoma is a malignant tumor that affects the blood vessels. It is aggressive cancer that occurs in almost all body parts. Mainly, surgery removes the tumor. Radiation and chemotherapy are used in addition to surgery. Immunotherapy and targeted therapy may also be helpful.
Angiosarcoma is a cancerous formation of reddish nodules that quickly become larger. Later, the nodules may turn into ulcers and bleed.
Angiosarcoma can develop anywhere in the body but most often affects the skin, especially on the head and neck. Rarely tumors might affect the chest, heart, liver, and other organs. The exact causes of angiosarcoma are unclear. However, radiation therapy and genetic predisposition are known to pose a risk for disease development.
If an angiosarcoma is suspected, the doctor performs a biopsy - an analysis of the tumor tissue in the laboratory. Since the disease has a high risk of metastasis, physicians additionally prescribe imaging tests (CT, MRI, PET) to assess how far cancer has spread.
The choice of therapy depends on several factors, including the location of the tumor, its size, and its stage. The primary method is the surgical removal of angiosarcoma. After that, oncologists recommend radiation therapy or chemotherapy to kill the remaining cancer cells.
In the case of inoperable angiosarcoma, doctors consider the option of radiochemotherapy (a combination of radiation and chemotherapy). To treat metastases, oncologists also recommend targeted or immunotherapy, which helps kill cancer cells throughout the body.
Where can I get Angiosarcoma treatment?
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Who are the best doctors for Angiosarcoma?
Prof. Dr. med. Roland Ladurner from Academic Hospital Martha-Maria Munich
Prof. Dr. med Harald-Robert Bruch, MSc, PhD from Oncological and Haematological Praxis Clinic Bonn
Prof. Dr. med. Rudiger von Eisenhart-Rothe from University Hospital rechts der Isar Munich
Prof. Dr. med. Florian Bassermann from University Hospital rechts der Isar Munich
Prof. Dr. med. Helmut Friess from University Hospital rechts der Isar Munich