Bone and Soft Tissue Tumour Service

Surgical treatment

This page contains information about the surgical treatment of bone and soft tissue tumours.

Areas of the body

Because bone and soft tissue tumours can occur almost anywhere in the body, we have a team of surgeons with different skills who can provide the most appropriate surgical treatment. Surgeons in different specialties often work together to provide the best care.  

  • Arms, legs or pelvis - a large proportion of bone and soft tissue tumours occur in the arms, legs or pelvis. Tumours in these areas will usually be managed by Orthopaedic or Plastic Surgeons, often working as a team. 
  • Abdomen and retroperitoneum - tumours in the abdomen are managed by our expert abdominal and retroperitoneal surgeons. 
  • Head and neck - tumours in the head and neck are managed by expert Head and Neck surgeons who have close links, and work with, the Sarcoma Team. 
  • Spine - tumours in the spine are usually managed by the Orthopaedic Spinal Team.

What does surgery involve?

Surgery for a bone or soft tissue tumour usually involves removing the tumour and some surrounding normal tissue. This makes sure that the tumour is all removed.

The impact that this has depends on the tumour and its location. For example, if the tumour is in an arm or leg, removing it can leave the limb weaker than it was before. Your surgeon will talk to you and tell you exactly what to expect.

After surgery

After surgery, and when the final pathology test results on the tumour are available, our team of healthcare professionals discuss the case again.

Some patients will need radiotherapy treatment as well.

You can find out more about radiotherapy treatment for bone and soft tissue tumours.

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