Helping Hands for Sarcoma Poker 5K Run/Walk

By Natalie Clay

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

May 5, 2012 at 7:30 AM until 11:00 AM

Location: Duke University East Campus Wall Across from Whole Foods (621 Broad Street Durham, NC 27705)

Phone: 919-613-5550



Event Description

The Duke Multidisciplinary Sarcoma Program is hosting its Fourth Annual 5K and Family Fun Walk in honor and celebration of those whose lives have been touched by sarcoma. Together we can make a difference with your support and involvement.

We invite runners and walkers to join us in an effort to raise awareness and funding for sarcoma research at Duke. You are welcome to form teams or participate individually to support our fund-raising efforts on this day. Various awards will be given to both teams and individuals.

There are more than 50 types of sarcoma, and tumors can occur in any part of the body, although half of them develop in the arms and legs. Bone sarcomas are malignant tumors that form in the bones, destroy normal bone tissue, and can spread to other areas of the body. Bones can also develop benign (non-cancerous) tumors. Benign bone tumors can destroy bone and spread into surrounding tissue but usually do not spread to other parts of the body. Soft tissue sarcomas form in tissues that weave throughout the body, such as muscles, nerves, tendons, fat, blood vessels, lymph vessels, and the tissue around joints.

In the early stages, bone and soft tissue sarcomas may show no symptoms at all. Sometimes they appear as a painless lump under the skin that gets bigger over time, especially on an arm or a leg. In the abdomen or gastrointestinal tract, sarcomas may not cause symptoms until they grow large, when they can cause pain, bleeding, or trouble breathing. Sarcomas of bone are typically painful and may also appear as a lump.
Depending on the type, location, and stage of the sarcoma, treatment may include a combination of therapies including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

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