What is sarcoma?
Sarcomas are rare soft tissue or bone tumours, usually found on the arms, legs and torso but can affect any part of the body which contains supporting or connective tissue. They form 1% of all malignant tumours.
The Sarcoma team are the regional experts in assessing and diagnosing any concerning lump. However benign it may appear all cases are advised to be sent to the team for assessment if it fulfills the criteria.
Who is this clinic for?
The BMI Alexandra has a rapid access lumps and bumps clinic for insured and self-funding patients providing urgent consultations, diagnostics and results every week. The patient can be referred by a GP, Specialist or other health professional, or may even self refer.
Features to watch out for in soft tissue sarcomas are a large lump (usually larger than a golf ball), increasing size, painful and deep-seated, but not always. They can however start of as very small innocent benign looking superficial lumps.
Bone tumours may present with insidious unexplained bone pain, a mass and suspicious radiographic changes. If there’s a history of cancer, bone metastases may also present this way.
What does the clinic involve?
Early detection and diagnosis is paramount in improving the outcomes in such patients. It is recommended an early referral via a 2-week wait suspected cancer form is made or discussion with the sarcoma team.
The patient will be assessed by Consultant Orthopaedic Sarcoma surgeon Mr Amit Kumar, and will be able to have initial imaging within the hour by Ultrasound by a Sarcoma radiologist. The results will be instantly available and management plan made for the patient. On occasion further investigation at the same sitting such as a MRI scan is possible and tissue biopsy can also be performed.
The clinic is supported by a Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and in most instances cases will be discussed at a Multi-Disciplinary team (MDT) meeting if suspicious.
Visit our Sarcoma Q & A page for more information.
To book an appointment or find out more please call us on 0161 428 3656 or make an online enquiry.