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Other namesSarcomas, sarcomata
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Optical coherence tomography (OCT) image of a sarcoma
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A sarcoma is a cancer that comes from transformed cells of mesenchymal (connective tissue) origin.[1]

Connective tissue is a term that includes bone, cartilage, fat, vascular, or hematopoietic tissues, and sarcomas can arise in any of these types of tissues. As a result, there are many subtypes of sarcoma.[2] The word sarcoma is derived from the Greek σάρξ sarx meaning "flesh".[3]


  1. Yang J, Ren Z, Du X, Hao M, Zhou W (2014-10-27). "The role of mesenchymal stem/progenitor cells in sarcoma: update and dispute". Stem Cell Investigation. 1: 18. doi:10.3978/j.issn.2306-9759.2014.10.01. PMC 4923508. PMID 27358864.
  2. "Metastatic Cancer". National Cancer Institute. 2015-05-12. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  3. "Definition of SARCOMA". Retrieved 2019-03-22.

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