What is Sarcoma?

Sarcoma Knows No Borders.

It can occur anywhere in the body. It doesn’t discriminate by age, gender or race, and it occurs all over the world. Still, sarcoma is a forgotten cancer.

What is sarcoma?

  • Sarcoma is a very dangerous and rare cancer that affects the connective tissues, such as nerves, muscles, cartilage, joints, bone, or blood vessels.
  • It can arise anywhere in the body, frequently hidden deep in the limbs.

How to Apply?

If you would like to apply for a grant, please send a 1-2 page letter of intent (LOI) that briefly describes the topic of the research study, the sub-types of sarcoma under investigation, principal investigator and affiliation, project timeline and overall project cost to sarcomaLOI@slifkafoundation.org. Please also include relevant NIH biosketches. If the LOI is of interest to us, we will respond by sending a grant application to complete.

How prevalent are sarcomas?

  • About 1% of all adult cancers are sarcomas.
  • About 15% of all children’s cancers are sarcomas.
  • There are hundreds of thousands of patients and their families struggling with sarcoma 

How are sarcomas treated?

  • When possible, sarcoma patients have surgery to remove the cancer.
  • Surgery is often combined with chemotherapy and/or radiation.

Why are sarcomas dangerous?

  • They are often misdiagnosed. Sometimes they are thought to be sports injuries.
  • Often, by the time they are diagnosed, they may be large and difficult to remove surgically, and they may 
have metastasized.
  • Many sarcomas resist current treatments.