I'm sorry to say that I had only a vague knowledge of sarcomas prior to Brendan's diagnosis, not to mention that there are different types of sarcomas. My understanding now is that a sarcoma is a cancer found in connective tissue (or the type Brendan has anyway), and the cells that are affected dictate the type of sarcoma present. Which in turn dictates the type of treatment, medicine... etc required. Sarcoma is not a common cancer; which leaves me with an uneasy feeling about how much in general is known about them. Thankfully Brendan has a brilliant medical team and an exceptional oncologist so we feel comfortable putting our trust in them, regarding his wellness and recovery.
As an uncommon cancer, from what I have read and heard, sarcomas are most commonly found in the limbs, and sometimes the torso, with secondary cancer often presenting in the lung. It appears; through our experience with Brendan's case, that they can be quite aggressive and yet there doesn't seem to be any conclusive evidence as to how or why they develop.
Please verify this information for yourself through your own sources; if you need to, as I write this from a carers perspective through what my husband and I have learnt since his diagnosis. I/we have absolutely No medical knowledge or background.
Thankfully most of us (the general public) are aware of prostrate, bowl, breast and lung cancer. We also know of melanoma, leukaemia and lymphomas; as these are more commonly talked about cancers. I find that there isn't as much talk about brain, bone, colon or rectal, endometrial, kidney, pancreatic or thyroid cancers in the world I've been living in. This makes me wonder how funding works for the rare or uncommon cancers, if there isn't as much awareness out there about them. The way I see it, without funding, there can only be limited research, and research is needed to increase recovery success for the more uncommon cancers.
I have no idea about how research and funding works, in general. I can only imagine, that if there isn't a wide scope of public awareness around the lesser known cancers, then they are probably receiving a smaller amount of attention and funding then they deserve.
The statistics of cancer are incredibly high. According to the NSW Cancer Council; at the time of this being posted - 2015: 1 in 2 Men, and 1 in 3 Women will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85. That is half of the men and a third of the women that we know, making it all of our business. The thing is; we don't know which type of cancer will strike us or a loved one, if we or they are the statistic... So let’s start talking about all cancers. It really is in our own best interests.
You can find more information on Sarcoma Cancer by following this link: sarcoma