Myxofibrosarcoma is a sarcoma or cancer of soft tissues. It is a form of cancer that develops below the skin or deep tissues. It usually occurs in legs or arms rarely in hands or feet. It affects elderly males more than females. Its development is slow and painless. It is metastatic cancer that can spread to other parts of the body. It reoccurs on the same part again and again. Its tumors can be small or large, single or multiple. It may appear under the skin or extend deep into the muscles. It is treated with radiotherapy, chemotherapy, surgery or combination of them.
Lifestyle Changes For Myxofibrosarcoma
Myxofibrosarcoma (MFS) is a malignant cancer of soft tissues. It is a slow, growing, and painless lump that develops in legs or arms. It occurs in old people in the age between 50 to 70 years. It develops more in men than in women. It starts from the connective tissues especially around the muscles that act as separating layer between muscles and skin. Its location may be just below the skin or deeper in the skeletal muscles or deep tissues.(1)
Lifestyle changes those are helpful for myxofibrosarcoma are-
- Exercises that are recommended by the doctor
- Management of stress
- Massage therapy
- Mind-body exercises
- Mediterranean diet
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Green tea
- Fat-free milk
- High-fiber, low-fat diet
- Alcohol intake should be limited
- Refined sugar intake should be reduced
- Vitamin and mineral supplements(3)
Myxofibrosarcoma is not the well-understood type of cancer. It is also misinterpreted as a benign tumor which is often treated by removal of visible growth. It hampers the proper diagnosis and treatment of Myxofibrosarcoma. It can reappear in the same area again and again. It can reoccur in the remote parts of the body. The life expectancy of the patient with Myxofibrosarcoma is 5 years or more after the treatment depending upon the types.(2)
Myxofibrosarcoma is divided into three forms, high grade, intermediate and low-grade tumor. In low-grade myxofibrosarcoma, the cancer cells develop and grow in localized areas and are less likely to spread to other areas. In high-grade myxofibrosarcoma, the cancer cells spread to the remote parts mainly lungs and can infiltrate more deeply into the tissues.(2)
The causes of the myxofibrosarcoma are not clear. It is assumed that it develops due to the defective genes. Its risk factors are also not well determined. It is found in many cases, that it occurs slightly more in men than women.(2)
In myxofibrosarcoma, the signs and symptoms of the disease do not develop instantly. It grows over a period of time very slowly. Its tumors may be small or big in size that can be superficial just below the skin or infiltrate deep in the muscles mainly skeletal muscles and in more deep tissues. It can be multinodular when it is superficial into the skin. It usually appears in arms or legs rarely involve hands or feet. The tumor cells may migrate to the lungs and it may develop in chest, back or trunk.(2)
Myxofibrosarcoma can be treated with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination of both of them. Some tumors grow rapidly and it affects the integrity of the structure on which it develops. Therefore, surgical removal of the affected limb is considered in such cases, which is called amputation. In many cases, reoccurrences of cancer happen. It can be corrected by surgery or radiation therapy.(4)
Myxofibrosarcoma is a form of cancer that usually affects extremities. However, it may extend to other parts of the body. It can be managed with treatment methods and lifestyle modifications such as exercises, stress management, Mediterranean diet, green tea, a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and others mentioned above.
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