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).
Sarcomas are extremely rare, representing just 1% of all cancer cases. Sarcomas may develop in the muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels and the fatty and fibrous tissues. They can affect almost any part of the body on the inside or the outside. There are three main types of Sarcoma: Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Bone Sarcoma and Gastrointestinal Stromal tumours. In total there are about 100 different subtypes of Sarcoma.
Due to the complexity and rarity of Sarcomas every case is discussed not only locally within the Norfolk and Norwich MDT but also by Sarcoma Expert Advisory Groups (EAG) at specific specialist centres. The aim of the Sarcoma EAG is to provide specialist advice and guidance to our team in Norfolk and to ensure that all patients receive high quality equitable cancer care.
In general, Soft Tissue Sarcomas are referred to the team at the Royal Marsden Hospital, whilst suspected Bone Sarcomas are usually referred directly to the team at Birmingham Hospital for assessment.
Following review by the Sarcoma EAG, treatment can often be delivered locally although more specialist Surgery and treatments will need to be undertaken by the Sarcoma EAG centre.
Services provided by our MDT include:
- Referral to site specific Sarcoma EAG
- Referral for Surgery
- Referral for consideration of entry into clinical trial
- Palliative and supportive care from diagnosis as appropriate
- Follow up
|Plastic Surgeon||Clinical Oncologist|
|Mr Richard Haywood||Dr Dan Holyoake|
|Medical Oncologist||Musculoskeletal Radiologists|
|Dr Gill Gray||Dr Richard Goodwin|
|Dr Tom Marshall|
|Dr Tim Barker|
|Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist|
|Ben Knights and Jenny Leeder
If you wish to contact your Clinical Nurse Specialist, please call 01603 287564
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