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The type of surgery your team recommends is determined by the size of the tumor and other factors. Your doctor may recommend chemotherapy or radiation therapy before surgery to shrink the tumor so it is easier to remove. Chemotherapy or radiation therapy is also common after sarcoma surgery.
Sarcoma surgeries vary in the amount of tissue doctors remove. If the tumor isn’t growing into the edges of the tissue your surgeon removed, it is said to have a clear margin. That reduces the opportunity for cancer to recur. Sometimes, the tumor is in proximity to vital organs and that makes it difficult to remove enough tissue to achieve clear margins.