Condition 101 About Solitary Fibrous Tumor

What is the definition of Solitary Fibrous Tumor?

Solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) is a noncancerous tumor of the lining of the lung and chest cavity, an area called the pleura. SFT used to be called localized fibrous mesothelioma.

What are the alternative names for Solitary Fibrous Tumor?

Mesothelioma - benign; Mesothelioma - fibrous; Pleural fibroma

What are the causes for Solitary Fibrous Tumor?

The exact cause of SFT remains unknown. This type of tumor affects men and women equally.

What are the symptoms for Solitary Fibrous Tumor?

About one half of the people with this type of tumor do not show any symptoms.

If the tumor grows to a large size and pushes on the lung, it can lead to symptoms, such as:

  • Chest pain
  • Chronic cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Clubbed appearance of the fingers

What are the current treatments for Solitary Fibrous Tumor?

Treatment is usually to remove the tumor.

What is the outlook (prognosis) for Solitary Fibrous Tumor?

The outcome is expected to be good with prompt treatment. In rare cases, the tumor may return.

What are the possible complications for Solitary Fibrous Tumor?

Fluid escaping into the membranes around the lungs (pleural effusion) is a complication.

When should I contact a medical professional for Solitary Fibrous Tumor?

Call for an appointment with your provider if you notice symptoms of SFT.



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Latest Advances On Solitary Fibrous Tumor

  • Condition: Pelvic Solitary Fibrous Tumor
  • Journal: The Journal of international medical research
  • Treatment Used: Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Resection
  • Number of Patients: 1
  • Published —
This case report describes a patient with a pelvic solitary fibrous tumor.
  • Condition: Solitary Fibrous Tumor/Hemangiopericytoma (SFT/HPC)
  • Journal: Nagoya journal of medical science
  • Treatment Used: Temozolomide Plus Bevacizumab (TMZ+Bev)
  • Number of Patients: 4
  • Published —
This study evaluated the effectiveness and safety of temozolomide plus bevacizumab (TMZ+Bev) in patients with solitary fibrous tumor (rare growths of soft tissue cells that can form nearly anywhere in the body)/hemangiopericytoma (rare tumor involving blood vessels and soft tissues; SFT/HPC).

Clinical Trials For Solitary Fibrous Tumor