Introduction to Soft Tissue Sarcomas

  • Ioannis P. BoukovinasEmail author


Soft tissue sarcomas (STS) and bone sarcomas represent 1% of all malignant tumors and comprise a diverse set of separate clinical entities with different degrees of malignancy, biological behavior, and specific therapeutic options. The incidence of STS, excluding gastrointestinal stromal tumor, is relatively low (4–5/100,000/year in Europe) [1], whereas bone sarcomas account for 0.2% of malignant tumors registered in the Eurocare database [2]. According to the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program and the National Center for Health Statistics, the incidence of STS is a little higher (7/100,000/year) in the United States, where, it is estimated that approximately 12,000 cases of STS and 3000 cases of bone sarcomas will be diagnosed in 2017.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bioclinic Oncology UnitThessalonikiGreece

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