Cancer of the heart is very rare in occurrence, and it most often occurs in children. Generally in this type of cancer, the right chamber of the heart is usually where the cancer begins, although researchers are not quite sure why this is the case.
Most cancers that happen on the heart tissue are secondary cancers that have spread from other cancers located in the body, which begin in area with more cell division. The cells in the heart do not tend to divide rapidly, and this is the reason that the heart is perhaps less susceptible to cancer.
Angiosarcoma is the specific type of cancers which affect the heart tissue. A diagnosis of Angiosarcoma is generally accompanied by a less than positive prognosis because this type of cancer spreads rapidly throughout the body, and grows very quickly.
The rate of deaths in Angiosarcoma cases is extremely high in comparison with most other types of cancer diagnosed in the United States.
Symptoms that may occur in a patient include sudden onset of heavy bleeding as well as the presence of large blood clots throughout the body.
Radiotherapy is employed to attempt to stop the spread of this cancer, and chemotherapy may be used in combination. However, treatment options for Angiosarcoma are very limited.