Sarcoma Awareness Month July 2021
What is Sarcoma?
Sarcoma is a general term used for lesser known cancer which can be in different parts of the body, such as the bones and soft tissues. As little is known about these cancers it is known as the ‘forgotten cancer’. According to Sarcoma UK www.sarcoma.org.uk around 15 people per day in the UK are diagnosed with a sarcoma which is about 500 people per year.
Why do we need to raise awareness?
As it is not one of the most known cancers many are not aware of it until they are diagnosed or someone close to them is diagnosed. Together, we can raise awareness and help inform others so that patients and families are supported by the right experts. More education, research and support is needed to help those affected.
Types of sarcoma cancer
- Bone cancer
- Gynaecological sarcoma
- Soft tissue cancer
- Gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST)
- Kaposi’s carcinoma (cancer in the mouth, skin and internal organs)
There are many other types of sarcoma. Treatment often starts with the G.P. and then an MDT, a multi-disciplinary team of sarcoma specialists such as oncology experts, specialist trained nurses and other health specialists.
Helpful information can be found for patients and families with charities like:
Covid-19 and sarcoma
We know the NHS have long waiting lists for treatment due to the pandemic so many people may be put off from seeking medical help but they should not. The early a sarcoma is detected the better the outcome for the patient and their families.
How can we help patients with sarcoma?
Our Clinical Negligence Team https://imd.co.uk/services/medical-negligence deal with clients who have suffered due to a delayed diagnosis and inappropriate medical treatment. We are happy to have a free no obligation informal chat with anyone who may be concerned about the care they or their loved one has had.
This article is for general information only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. Please note that the law may have changed since this article was published.
Published by: Daxa Patel
Partner & Solicitor
IMD Solicitors LLP