Hyundai Cancer Institute
Solid Tumor and Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma FAQs
Along with a cancer diagnosis comes many questions and concerns ranging from understanding the treatment process to the ins and outs of everyday life. Below are some of the questions frequently asked by our solid tumor and sarcoma patients and their families.
Pathology results take at least three business days from the biopsy date. If pathology is difficult then it might be sent to another facility, which can take up to another week for final diagnosis.
Sarcomas do not require a BMT. Some neuroblastomas and germ cell tumors may need an autologous BMT. These patients endure a high-dose chemotherapy and an infusion of the patient’s own stem cells helps aid in their recovery.
Depending on the cancer type, usually the patient’s siblings are not at risk of developing the same cancer. Childhood cancer is not usually genetic but if there is strong family history of cancer, a genetic consult can be done.
Children do not get cancer because of something a caregiver did or didn’t do. We do not know the cause of childhood cancer but many researchers are looking for those answers. Many Cancer Institute patients have the opportunity to participate in research trials to help answer those questions.
Children on chemotherapy do not need to stay in the house. It is good for them to go outside and get fresh air. Just remember to use sunscreen and hats because chemotherapy can make their skin sensitive. The patient should also wear a mask when in crowded public places or when coming to and from the clinic and hospital.
Children receiving chemotherapy do not need to be on a strict diet; a normal well balanced diet is recommended, and patients should avoid rare foods like sushi and rare meats. All fruits and vegetables should be washed and it is important to be mindful of expiration dates on food items.
No one knows how long a tumor (cancer) has been growing. Usually the tumor is not found until it gets big enough to cause pain or other symptoms that bring attention to it.
There is no need to get rid of the family pet unless it is a reptile or a bird. Reptiles and birds may carry salmonella. We recommend having another family member or friend take care of the pet while the patient is on chemotherapy. Patients should not clean up after or feed any family pet. We also advise against getting a new dog or pet while the patient is receiving treatment.
After treatment is completed, the patient will come to clinic every month for a doctor’s visit for the first year off therapy. Scans will be done every three months for the first year off therapy.
Still have questions? We have more of the answers to common cancer questions on our Cancer FAQs page