Welcome Members!

Welcome to Synovial Sarcoma Survivors Patients Community!

Our mission at Ben’s Friends is to ensure that patients living with rare diseases or chronic illnesses, as well as their caregivers, family, and friends, have a safe and supportive place to connect with others like them.

Synovial sarcoma (also known as: malignant synovioma) is a rare form of cancer which occurs primarily in the extremities of the arms or legs, often in close proximity to joint capsules and tendon sheaths. Primary synovial sarcomas are most common in the soft tissue near the large joints of the arm and leg but have been documented in most human tissues and organs, including the brain, prostate, and heart. As one of the soft tissue sarcomas, it is one of the rarest forms of soft tissue cancer.

Synovial Sarcoma Survivors is a virtual community intended to be a safe place for patients and family members as young as age 12, to visit for information, discussion, venting and mutual support. Members come from many backgrounds. Some have a strong religious faith, and others no faith; some are children and others adults, rich and poor, graduate educated or taught by life. Our common denominators are that we share a life journey, and we try to help each other.

Though we get occasional visits from medical doctors, the site is not routinely supported by medical professionals. Nobody here can diagnose you or tell you what your treatment choices “should” be. We might inform your choices by sharing individual experiences and information developed by study as lay people. But Synovial Sarcoma Survivors is not intended to replace the advice or treatment of licensed medical professionals. Readers should validate any information they take away from here, against the experience of a licensed medical doctor. Site owners and moderators are not legally responsible for the accuracy of information shared on the site.

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How is Ben’s Friends Different from Social Media and Other Support Sites?

Our mission at Ben’s Friends is to ensure that patients living with rare diseases or chronic illnesses, as well as their caregivers, family, and friends, have a safe and supportive place to connect with others like them.

We’re interested in you as a person, and in your struggles as a rare disease patient.  But we don’t want to know your name or where you live. We won’t even allow you to use your real name when you register for one of our communities. Because when it comes to medical things, anonymity is important in our googly universe.  Your information is never shared, and your activity never tracked by adware.

When Ben’s Friends asks for the country and region you live in, that’s in case your fellow members can recommend local resources and help, and so everyone knows what kind of medical system there is where you live.  That’s important when it comes to giving and getting support. Because we are all about support, and we’re all in this together.. 

Ben’s Friends: Safe and Supportive. 
And anonymous to keep it that way.


Why create an account?

Posts on the different Ben’s Friends communities can be read by anyone on the internet. You can browse through the different topics and find most of the information you’re looking for but there are many things you won’t be able to do unless you create an account. These include:

Making your own posts. Although you’re able to find useful information just by reading other members’ posts, you might still have a lot of questions in your mind. Either you want to start a new topic to talk about them in detail or you want to reply to a comment on a thread. These won’t be possible unless you create a new user account.

Viewing other members’ profiles. Member profiles include information about the country or region they are from, whether they are a patient or a caregiver, and details about their disease and treatments. Maybe you came across an interesting post and you want to learn more about the member. Or maybe you’re looking for members who are from the same country as you. Having a user account allows you to see other member profiles and find information that may be relevant.  

Sending private messages. Aside from being able to post publicly and commenting on a thread, having a user account also allows you to send private messages both to other members and moderators. In case you want to discuss a topic only with a specific person, this is possible by sending private messages when you have created your account.

Click here to create an account and join.


Latest Discussions

  • Shop With AmazonSmile This Summer And Help Change Patients Lives
    by Bens_Friends on June 13, 2022

    Father’s Day. Graduations. All Summer Needs. Do some “feel-good” shopping and change a rare disease patient’s life today. Go to smile.amazon.com Click “Get started” Once signed in, you will be prompted to pick a charity- Ben’s Friends AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of most items. Thank you for being a friend. Ben 1 post – 1 participant […]

  • Can you help? – the SSDI Q-and-A project
    by ModSupport on January 10, 2022

    Hello SSSurvivors! ModSupport received a question the other day about help with SSDI and disability insurance issues. Are you one of the members who have experience with, or stories to tell, about SSDI or other disability insurance? Or maybe you’re one of the members with questions. Either way, your community needs to hear from you! As I searched the files for “SSDI” using the search […]

  • Adamantinoma- feeling alone with decisions to make
    by Disco on January 7, 2022

    Hi everyone, As my last post said, I have a rare type of bone cancer that is similar to synovial sarcoma. It’s known as adamantinoma. I wanted to make a post today because I am facing a lot of tough decisions, and I feel like if I write it out and maybe get some support I can feel more comfortable. The good news I got was that it has not spread anywhere else in my body, the bad news is that if […]

  • A Word about Covid Vaccines
    by Bens_Friends on January 3, 2022

    “Whether or not you choose to get vaccinated is a personal choice. Somehow, someway choice has become a political statement. Ben’s Friends Communities are for peer to peer support, not politics. While Covid is a concern of our membership, we are not social media. Anytime discussion veers to politics, religion, or off topic, that discussion will be moderate either moved to a private discussion […]

  • Holiday Help and Best Wishes
    by Bens_Friends on December 24, 2021

    It’s been another long, tiring, frustrating year. And the holiday season isn’t always the easiest time for people. We hope you will have exactly the kind of holiday that you want and need. If you are feeling lonely, or you just need to touch base and talk, please remember that your Ben’s Friends community is there for you. Although your community may be very quiet, the Ben’s Friends team […]

  • Adamantinoma
    by Disco on December 22, 2021

    Hi, my name is Disco (anonymous). I was recently diagnosed with adamantinoma of the right proximal tibia. I found out because it fractured while I was playing volleyball. I know this is not a group for adamantinoma, but I could not find any because it is so rare. Since bone cancer accounts for 1% of all cancers, and adamantinoma accounts for less than 1% of that 1%… I didn’t know where to […]