Exeter Sarcoma Service
Sarcomas are a rare group of cancers that arise in the body’s ‘connective tissues’ – such as bone, cartilage, fat, blood vessels, nerves and muscles.
Sarcomas can broadly be divided into either bone or soft tissues. Although related, bone and soft tissue sarcomas require quite different types of treatment.
The Exeter Sarcoma Centre specialises in the care and treatment of patients with soft tissue sarcomas.
The needs and experiences of patients with sarcoma vary widely depending on which part of the body is affected. The Exeter Sarcoma Centre regards each patient as an individual and tailors the treatment and care to their specific needs and cancer condition.
The earlier sarcoma is diagnosed the better the chances of successful treatment. All patients referred to the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital with a suspected sarcoma will have the diagnosis of their condition reviewed by a specialist team which includes the expertise of a sarcoma pathologist and radiologist.
There is a team of specialists at the RD&E who together diagnose and plan the treatment for each patient.
Photo above: Consultant Musculoskeletal Radiologist Dr Andrew Redfern carrying out an ultrasound of the arm. Ultrasound may used as the first investigation if there is a low suspicion that a lump may be malignant, while the investigation of choice for soft tissue sarcoma is an MRI scan. Ultrasound is also used to do an accurate image guided biopsy to allow pathological analysis of tissue. Most biopsies are performed as an outpatient procedure under local anaesthesia.