The Suspicious Soft Tissue Mass

To educate providers about the features that would make a soft tissue mass suspicious for malignancy, especially a sarcoma. Discuss the appropriate diagnostic imaging and biopsy workup for a suspicious soft tissue mass. Review the overall multidisciplinary management of a soft tissue sarcoma. Discuss the management of more common benign soft tissue tumors, including the role of nonsurgical therapies.


John M. Kane III, MD, FACS
Professor of Oncology
Chair, Department of Surgical Oncology, Chief, Melanoma/Sarcoma Service
Program Director, Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Buffalo, NY

Activity Planners

Ashley Snowden
Director, Physician and Corporate Relations
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elm & Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY

Samantha Gordon
CME Specialist
Baltimore, MD

Kathryn Schaefer, MSN, RN, CPHRM
Senior Manager, Accreditation and Compliance
East Lansing, MI

Statement of Need

Soft tissue sarcomas are very rare. Therefore, there tends to be a knowledge gap regarding features that make a soft tissue mass suspicious for a sarcoma, the appropriate workup, and an understanding of the multidisciplinary management.

Target Audience

 This activity is intended for primary care physicians and medical oncologists.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the features of a soft tissue mass that are concerning for a possible soft tissue sarcoma (STS)
  • Articulate the benefits of having a preoperative diagnosis for a soft tissue mass in terms of treatment planning
  • Compare the pros and cons of the various approaches to imaging and biopsy of a suspicious soft tissue mass
  • Recognize the core components of soft tissue sarcoma treatment and the management some common non-STS tumors

Joint Providership Statement

 This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Med-IQ and Roswell Park. Med-IQ is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

Med-IQ designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals who successfully complete the activity will receive a Statement of Participation indicating the maximum credits available

Instructions to Receive Credit

To receive credit, read the introductory CME material, watch the webcast, and complete the evaluation, attestation, and post-test, answering at least 70% of the post-test questions correctly.

Initial Release Date: 7/24/2020
Expiration Date: 7/23/2021
Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 45 minutes




The information provided through this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

Disclosure Policy

Med-IQ requires any person in a position to control the content of an educational activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as those in any amount occurring within the past 12 months, including those of a spouse/life partner, that could create a conflict of interest (COI). Individuals who refuse to disclose will not be permitted to contribute to this CME activity in any way. Med-IQ has policies in place that will identify and resolve COIs prior to this educational activity. Med-IQ also requires faculty to disclose discussions of investigational products or unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration


The content of this activity has been peer reviewed and has been approved for compliance. The faculty and contributors have indicated the following financial relationships, which have been resolved through an established COI resolution process, and have stated that these reported relationships will not have any impact on their ability to give an unbiased presentation.

John M. Kane III, MD, FACS, has indicated no real or apparent conflicts.

The peer reviewers and activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Statement Of Evidence-Based Content

Educational activities that assist physicians in carrying out their professional responsibilities more effectively and efficiently are consistent with the ACCME definition of continuing medical education (CME). As an ACCME-accredited provider of CME, it is the policy of Med-IQ to review and ensure that all the content and any recommendations, treatments, and manners of practicing medicine in CME activities are scientifically based, valid, and relevant to the practice of medicine. Med-IQ is responsible for validating the content of the CME activities it provides. Specifically, (1) all recommendations addressing the medical care of patients must be based on evidence that is scientifically sound and recognized as such within the profession; (2) all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in CME in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.

Med-IQ is not liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon the information provided through this activity.

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