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glossary:angiosarcoma [2007/09/24 03:23]
glossary:angiosarcoma [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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|+||A type of [[cancer]] that begins in the lining of [[blood vessels]]. This type of [[tumor]] tends to be aggressive, recur locally, and spread widely. It can originate anywhere in the body but is well known to arise in [[skin]], soft [[tissue]], [[liver]], breast, [[spleen]], bone, [[lung]] and [[heart]]. Factors predisposing to angiosarcoma include [[chronic]] [[:lymphedema|lymphedema]] (as from a radical [[mastectomy]]), radiotherapy, foreign materials (such as Dacron, shrapnel, steel, and plastic) in the body, and environmental agents (such arsenic solutions used to spray grapevines, the radiation-emitting contrast agent Thorotrast, and vinyl chloride in the plastic industry).|