Sarcoma

 

Sarcomas are a rare group of cancers found 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 need quite different types of treatment.

The Exeter Sarcoma Centre specialises in the care and treatment of patients with soft tissue sarcomas. We provide the best possible care for patients who are diagnosed sarcomas. We provide support, information, counselling and education to you and your relatives and carers throughout treatment.

A cancer diagnosis has a great impact on patients and carers, physically, emotionally, and psychologically. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of care for all our patients at every stage in their pathway.

More on what we do

The sarcoma team provide a diagnostic and treatment service for patients with suspected or confirmed sarcoma after referral from the GP or another healthcare professional.

Treatments

Soft tissue sarcoma treatment usually involves surgery to remove the tumour. This might be followed by chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. Your treatment will depend on where the cancer developed, the type of sarcoma it is, how far it has spread, your age and your general health. Our team will discuss the most appropriate kind of treatment for you.

Our team

Our dedicated team is made up of sarcoma consultant surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, oncologists and nurse specialists. Colleagues from physiotherapy, occupational therapy and palliative care also provide professional advice and support.

Consultant sarcoma surgeons:

  • Mr Chris Mills
  • Mr Chris Stone

Consultant oncologists:

  • Dr Peter Bliss
  • Dr Peter Stephens

Clinical nurse specialists:

  • Claire Facey
  • Sarah Sandford
  • Kate Allington
  • Kevin Mitchell
  • Jo Short

Where to find us

RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW

Contact us

If you have any concerns or queries at any stage of your treatment, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our nurse specialists on 01392 402720. If they are not available, please leave a message and a contact number and they will get back to you.

Helpful websites

Clinics

Sarcoma Clinics are run on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

Supporting you

Patients with sarcoma often talk about feelings of isolation because they haven't usually heard of sarcoma before, let alone know anyone who has been treated for it. Our specialist nurses aim to provide information, practical help, psychological and social support for you and your relatives and carers.

FORCE Cancer Charity works locally to support anyone affected by cancer and will work closely with the people involved in your treatment. Find out more about the support FORCE can offer at forcecancercharity.co.uk.

Health and wellbeing clinics are also offered to patients with a diagnosis of cancer to help support patients through their pathway. Your nursing team will be able to provide you with more information on the structure and content of these sessions.

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