A Periodical for the Sarcoma Community

Editorial - April 2010

What is sarcoma? Qu’est-ce que le sarcome?
Co to jest miesak? ¿Qué es un sarcoma?

Among the many articles that have been published in ESUN, the detailed review articles on specific sarcomas have been widely read and downloaded. There are now sixteen such articles (see references below) and additional ones will appear in future issues of ESUN.

We are delighted to announce that a number of these articles are being translated into French, Polish and Spanish. Sarcoma advocacy groups and physicians in France, Poland and Spain have been working together to translate articles into the native languages of their respective countries. The translations then will become accessible to their sarcoma communities by making them available on various cancer center and advocacy websites. We will also publish the translations in ESUN and the first three such articles appear in this issue of ESUN.

  • Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans (Włókniakomięsak guzowaty skóry)
  • Leiomiosarcoma óseo y de partes blandas: una panorámica
  • Liposarcomes

We appreciate the time, effort, and expertise that goes into quality translations, particularly in a technical field such as medicine. This is a landmark collaboration consistent with the mantra that we use for many of our projects, "Sarcoma Knows No Borders." We need to thank the people and organizations for their generous help and expertise in bringing this about:

  • In France: Jean-Yves Blay, MD, PhD, Université Claude Bernard in Lyon, France and President of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), Simon Baconnier, PhD, Scientific Manager of the Connective Tissue Cancer Network, Conticanet, Elodie Espesset, and Estelle Lecointe, President of the French Group "INFO SARCOMES."
  • In Poland: Piotr Rutkowski, MD, PhD, Centrum Onkologii-Instytut im. Sklodowskiej-Curie, Warsaw, Poland, and Kamil Dolecki, President of the Polish Sarcoma Advocacy Group, Stowarzyszenie Pomocy Chorym na Miesaki "SARCOMA."
  • In Spain: Ricardo Cubedo, MD, Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain and Member of the Steering Committee of the Spanish Sarcoma Group, Grupo Español de Investigación en Sarcomas (GEIS) and Elena Pagola and Francisco Javier Sanchez Baños of the Spanish Sarcoma Advocacy Group, Asociación Española de Afectados por Sarcoma (AEAS).

We would appreciate your feedback regarding this project. If you would like to participate in this international effort, please contact me.


1. Angiosarcoma by James Lewis, MD and Vernon Sondak, MD
2. Chondrosarcoma of the Bone by Lor Randall, MD and Kenneth Hunt, MD
3. Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor (DSRCT) by Fernanda Arnaldez, MD and David Loeb, MD, PhD
4. Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans by Jonathan Courtney, MD, Richard Gorlick, MD & David Geller, MD
5. Epithelioid Sarcoma by Pooya Hosseinzadeh, MD and Felix Cheung, MD
6. Ewing's Sarcoma Family of Tumors by Lor Randall, MD
7. Fibrosarcoma of Bone by Jeffrey Krygier, MD and Valerae Lewis, MD
8. Leiomyosarcoma of the Bone and Soft Tissue by Michael Weaver, MD and John Abraham, MD
9. Leiomyosarcoma of the Uterus by Sue Ghosh, MD, Jonathan Hecht, MD, PhD, Tanaz Ferzandi, MD, MA, and Christopher Awtrey, MD
10. Liposarcoma by Mark Gebhardt, MD and Peter Buecker, MD
11. Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma (MFH) by Carol Morris, MD
12. Mesenchymal Chondrosarcoma by John Goldberg, MD and Holcombe Grier, MD
13. Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors (MPNST) by David Geller, MD and Mark Gebhardt, MD
14. Osteosarcoma by Peter Buecker, MD, Mark Gebhardt, MD, and Kristy Weber, MD
15. Rhabdomyosarcoma by Leonard Wexler, MD
16. Synovial Sarcoma by Andrea Ferrari, MD and Paola Collini, MD