Wednesday, January 03, 2018 by Ralph Flores
Angiosarcoma is a type of tissue cancer (sarcoma) that occurs in blood vessel linings. This kind of cancer “tends to be aggressive, recur locally, and spread widely.” There are two main types of this disease: hemangiosarcomas (sarcomas that start in blood vessel walls) and lymphangiosarcomas (sarcomas that begin in lymph vessel walls). Angiosarcoma can develop rapidly and is very difficult to treat.
Some risk factors in the development of angiosarcoma include lymphedema (an impaired flow of the lymphatic system, usually caused by breast cancer treatment), radiotherapy, retention of a foreign material (like steel and plastic) in the body for prolonged periods, and exposure to chemical hazards (like arsenic and vinyl chloride).
What makes angiosarcoma difficult to treat is that it does not have symptoms for its initial stages. Signs of the disease tend to occur when cancer is already at an advanced stage, or when it has begun spreading to other parts of the body.
An angiosarcoma may look like an infection, lesion, or a stain on the body part that it has affected. A mass of soft tissue can also be found in the area. Symptoms such as anemia, hepatic dysfunction, bleeding, and pain may also indicate the presence of angiosarcoma.
For angiosarcoma in the breast, other symptoms would include a variation in the shape and size of the breast, a change in the shape of the nipple as well as rashes on or around the area, and fluid discharge.
This type of cancer is known to spread from one area to another aggressively; therefore, it has the potential to affect multiple systems in the body directly. Some areas that angiosarcoma commonly affects are soft tissue, the skin, bones, breast, as well as the lungs and the liver. There have been reported cases of angiosarcoma in the spleen, small intestines, and the ovary.
The risk of developing angiosarcoma may be reduced by consuming the following foods:
The normal courses of treatment for angiosarcoma are chemotherapy and radiotherapy, aside from medication. Some treatments include:
Angiosarcoma is a type of cancer that is found in blood vessel linings. Once it develops, it can spread to other regions. Moreover, symptoms appear at advanced stages and can prove to be difficult to address. Still, there are foods that can be consumed to prevent the onset of angiosarcoma.
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