Bone and Soft Tissue Tumour Service

What to expect as a patient

We see many patients who are suspected as having bone or soft tissue tumours. We believe it is important to see all patients who could have a bone or soft tissue tumour as quickly as possible to investigate their symptoms. Delays in diagnosis are unfortunately common for patients with sarcoma.

Many patients that we see do not have cancer.


Seeing a specialist

Patients who come to us will be seen by the most appropriate member of the team at either the Freeman Hospital or the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle or in an outreach clinic

Ultrasound and biopsies

Some patients may be offered an ultrasound scan on their first clinic visit. This can be a very helpful investigation in determining if the tumour is worrying, and may be the only test needed. It also means that you should be prepared to wait. A clinic visit requiring an ultrasound can take several hours, particularly if a biopsy is also needed.

After treatment is completed, patients go into a follow-up programme.

You can find out more about treatment follow-ups.

Speak to your GP

If you are concerned that you might have a bone or soft tissue tumour, you should see your GP as soon as possible and ask to be referred to our service.

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