alveolar soft part sarcoma

Definition / meaning of alveolar soft part sarcoma

A soft tissue tumor that is most common in older children and teenagers. It begins in the soft supporting tissue that connects and surrounds the organs and other tissues. Alveolar soft part sarcoma usually occurs in the legs, but can also occur in the arms, hands, head, or neck. It can cause the growth of new blood vessels that help the tumor grow and spread. Also called ASPS.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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