This month is Sarcoma Awareness Month. Soft tissue sarcomas account for around 1 in every 100 cancers diagnosed in the UK. But nine in ten people do not know what sarcoma is, and the charity Sarcoma UK wants to increase awareness of this disease.
Sarcomas are rare tumours that mainly come from the soft tissue, and can affect almost any part of the body including the legs, arms and torso.
One of the most common symptoms of sarcoma is a lump under your skin that can be moved around and is growing or changing. Although most lumps are not sarcoma, if you do notice a lump then it is important to check it regularly for any changes. Any lump the size of a golf ball or larger should be checked by your doctor at the earliest opportunity.
Visit Sarcoma UK for more information about tracking a lump here – https://sarcoma.org.uk/about-sarcoma/what-is-sarcoma/do-i-have-sarcoma/measuring-and-tracking-a-lump/
If you have been diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma, surgery is the main treatment often with radiotherapy to reduce the risk of recurrence.
When you attend your first consultation with Mr Smith before your surgery, he can answer any questions you have and will support you with any decisions about your treatment.
If you would like to be sent a copy of our soft tissue sarcoma surgery leaflet, please email MylesSmith.Secretary@hcahealthcare.co.uk.