Sarcomas are a heterogeneous group of malignant tumours of mesenchymal origin that arise in various types of supporting and connective tissues. Sarcomas are rare, accounting for only 1% of all new malignancies, but 10-15% in young and adolescent patients. Although rare cancers together make up one of the largest patient groups with the by far most lost life-years, therapeutic research is difficult and neglected by industry due to low commercial potential. Thus, with some exceptions, the treatments have not improved significantly the last decades, and new strategies are required to improve outcome for these patients.
Department of Tumor Biology, Institute for Cancer Research
The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Montebello, 0379 Oslo, Norway
Phone +47 22 78 19 31 (Wesche), Switchboard: +47 22 93 40 00