Diagnosing a Sarcoma.


Sarcomas usually present as a lump;

Soft Tissue Sarcomas should be suspected in any lump which is;

  • Greater than 5 cm in diameter
  • Growing
  • Painful
  • Deep to the fascia (not easily moved from side to side or up and down)


Over half (55%) of sarcomas are found in the limbs; most in the lower limb

Nearly a third (30%) develop within the abdomen

The remaining (15%) tumours are found on the trunk and in the head & neck region.


Anyone suspected of having a sarcoma should be referred to a sarcoma specialist for investigation and management


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