Surgery

The usual treatment for a sarcoma is a wide surgical excision.

If the lump is small, this can be performed through a simple incision.
Larger lumps may need a long incision.

Depending on the size and position of the lump, sometimes it is necessary to move blocks of the patient's own tissue around to the fill in defects. These are called flaps.

Hospital stay varies from day case to up to a week depending on the complexity of the surgery.

Further details of the surgical procedures will be explained in detail by the surgeons.


Radiotherapy

Depending on the grade and excision margin it may be necessary to treat the operation site with a course of radiotherapy.
This will be planned and performed by the oncology team once the wounds have healed

If the lump is in a difficult site or very large, radiotherapy may be prescribed before the operation to try to shrink the tumour, making surgery easier.

Depending upon the prescription, radiotherapy may consist of treatments on five days a week for 6-8 weeks.



Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is usually reserved for those in who a sarcoma has spread from the original site.

Different chemotherapy agents are used depending upon the cell type. Each has a different effect and, if appropriate, these will be discussed in detail by the oncologist.
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