I want to extend a warm welcome to you as a potential client of
The Moss Report on Sarcoma. For over 35 years, it has been my mission to
educate and empower patients, including many with this type of cancer. I would
be honored to be part of your healing journey.
A sarcoma is a cancer that arises from cells derived from the
embryonic mesoderm layer. There are various types of sarcoma, some of which
have very different prognoses (i.e., likely outcomes). The two major categories
are soft tissue sarcoma (STS) and sarcoma of the bone.
Moss Report on Sarcoma includes a discussion of these two main varieties, as
classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies, as well
as more than two dozen subtypes that exist.
bony tumors include Askin’s tumor; botryodies; chondrosarcoma; Ewing’s sarcoma;
pnet; malignant hemangioendothelioma; malignant schwannoma; and osteosarcoma.
soft tissue sarcomas, include alveolar soft part sarcoma; angiosarcoma;
cystosarcoma phyllodes; dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP); desmoid tumor;
desmoplastic small round cell tumor; epithelioid sarcoma; extraskeletal
chondrosarcoma; extraskeletal osteosarcoma; fibrosarcoma; hemangiopericytoma
(also known as “solitary fibrous tumor”); hemangiosarcoma (more commonly
referred to as “angiosarcoma”); Kaposi’s sarcoma; leiomyosarcoma; liposarcoma;
lymphangiosarcoma; malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST);
neurofibrosarcoma; rhabdomyosarcoma; synovial sarcoma; and undifferentiated
pleomorphic sarcoma (previously referred to as malignant fibrous histiocytoma).
great variety of tumors is generally classified by (a) cellular origin and (b)
how those cells behave—ranging from the least aggressive to the most malignant.
The classification and grade of sarcoma may be used to predict its likely
behavior. This is based on the microscopic appearance of tumor tissue derived
from a biopsy sample.
Over the years, my thinking about sarcomas of all types has
evolved considerably. I would like to share with you some of the core beliefs I
have developed about this extremely varied type of cancer and the recovery
In the Moss
Report on Sarcoma we fully deal with the conventional treatments of this
disease category. What are these? They mainly consist of surgery, various types
of radiation (including external beam, brachytherapy or radioactive seeds, and
proton beam therapy), as well as various types of chemotherapy and ‘targeted’
agents. We also discuss the issue
of “watchful waiting” in both bony and soft tissue sarcoma. When might this be
appropriate as an option?
We are not allied with any doctor, hospital or agency that
administers such treatments. This gives us the unusual ability to assess the
effectiveness of these treatments without any prejudice created by how we earn
our living. We combine this with a detailed knowledge of how these treatments
are actually administered and what they are likely to deliver.
conventional treatments of sarcoma definitely have their place, and have often
been instrumental in a cure, I also believe that there are new treatments that
offer hope to patients with sarcoma, such as those involved in secondary
prevention (i.e., to ward off recurrences).
There also are scientifically valid treatments that come from
outside conventional Western medicine. These treatments offer hope of real and
substantial benefit to patients with sarcoma, even those with advanced disease.
In this Moss Report on Sarcoma I will discuss the ones that I believe are most
promising and relevant. Some of the most promising involve the medical use of
heat and electricity, fever and immunotherapy and virology.
Keep in mind that some of what are called “alternative treatments”
in the United States are accepted and used in other countries. Some treatments
for sarcoma are so embroiled in controversy that it is difficult to arrive at
objective information about their effectiveness. I have done my best to reach a
realistic judgment on many of these. Yet other treatments and approaches appear
worthless or even dangerous.
My goal is to
provide you with information as well as to convey a way of looking at these
questions that you can apply to other treatments. I hope to give you a compass
with which to evaluate the many conflicting treatment claims in the sarcoma
field and to help you formulate a winning plan for yourself. Let my knowledge,
objectivity, and experience help guide your journey!
I believe that overcoming one or another form of sarcoma and
remaining well is more than just a physical process. Of course, medical
treatments, such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, as well as more
natural therapies, have their place in the treatment of this disease, and you
need scientific information to make rational decisions about them all. But
there is another dimension to the cancer problem. As one long-term survivor put
it, “Returning to a state of health is not just about having treatment; it
means dealing with the mental, emotional and the spiritual issues that tend to
manifest physically. It means asking, ‘Am I on the path that I want to be on?’
This Moss Report on Sarcoma is dedicated to helping you to repair
the breach that this illness has created in your life. To do so, you need to
seek emotional healing as well. The attention you give these less tangible
areas can speed healing and enhance the effectiveness of your physical
treatments. But it can also serve as a profound source of strength, peace, and
inspiration for you. What we call body, mind, and spirit are interwoven strands
that form the whole person.