Patients who are diagnosed with sarcoma are referred to the Royal Marsden and discussed in their MDT.
Patients requiring preoperative or postoperative radiotherapy are referred back for treatment at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital . Dr Stubbings is the clinical oncologist who works closely with the Royal Marsden Sarcoma Unit and carries out both adjuvant and palliative chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments as well as follow up of patients .
GIST’s are diagnosed and managed by the upper GI team in conjunction with Dr Stubbings and the Marsden Sarcoma Unit.
Soft tissue sarcomas and GISTs- The diagnostic service is run by Mr Haywood, Plastic surgery dept, and a radiology diagnostic meeting is held every 2 weeks.
Bone tumours are managed at bone tumour centres.
If you have recently been told you have or are suspected of having cancer you will have already met some of the people involved in your care. These health professionals work within a team which is called a specialist Multidisciplinary Team (MDT). The Diagnostic Soft Tissue Sarcoma MDT is based at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Once diagnosis is made, patients are referred to the Royal Marsden for treatment.
Helen Stubbings treats sarcomas with radiotherapy and chemotherapy with the support of the Royal Marsden.
The team consists of :
Mr Richard Haywood, Plastic surgeon;
Dr Helen Stubbings, Clinical Oncologist;
Dr Richard Goodwin and Dr Tom Marshall, Musculoskeletal Radiologists;
Dr Tim Barker, Pathologist;
Oncology specialist nurse: Mr Graham Dilks;
MDT Co-ordinator Julia Millar
Patient Support Services
Patient support group is held monthly at the Big C centre.
Big C Centre – www.big-ccentre.co.uk
Macmillan Cancer Support – www.macmillan.org.uk