Liposarcoma Patient Stories

  • Michelle Santangelo

    Michelle Santangelo


    In the spring of 2011, Michelle Santangelo noticed a hard bump on her hip so she had her doctor check it out. The doctor ordered an X-ray which showed “fatty tissue in normal limits.” She followed her doctor’s recommendation, and didn't worry about it, especially because she was so healthy and active. Then in July, after a moderate mountain hike, she developed excruciating pain in her lower leg. She went to a general surgeon to have the growth removed the following month. Tests revealed she had malignant stage three liposarcoma, a type of tumor that grows within the fat cells in deep soft tissue.  

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