Non-cancerous (benign) lumps are very common but can look similar to a sarcoma.
For this reason a patient may have to see several doctors and have several tests to get a diagnosis.
The tests used to check for sarcomas are:
Surgery is the main treatment for sarcomas. However radiotherapy, chemotherapy and biological therapy can also be used to treat sarcoma.
If you have been diagnosed with a sarcoma, your doctor will discuss the best treatment option for your sarcoma. The factors your doctors will consider include:
If radiation and/or chemotherapy is to be used, these may be given before or after surgery and a number of different doctors may be involved in your care.
Sarcomas are best managed by a specialist multidisciplinary team, which includes a surgical oncologist, a radiation oncologist, a medical oncologist, a pathologist and a radiologist.