All information is taken from the Cancer.org website, with thanks.
Referral to a specialist should be considered when there is:
Surgical—Refer to a Plastic Surgeon.
Surgical or laser excision (where appropriate) is performed as a day surgery procedure, usually under local anaesthesia.
Adelaide Plastic Surgery has a broad range of clinical lasers which may offer a less invasive method of dealing with certain lesions.
Soft tissue sarcoma accounts for approximately 1% of all cancers and can arise anywhere in the body.
Sarcoma should be suspected if a soft tissue mass is:
Delays in referral to specialist sarcoma units are common, sometimes lengthy, and may have adverse consequences for subsequent patient management and outcomes.
For suspected bone and soft tissue tumours in the extremities a MRI with intravenous contrast is usually required (and rebatable if requested by a specialist). CT is usually preferred for intra-abdominal sarcoma. Further imaging and biopsy should only performed after review by an oncologic surgeon or other member of a sarcoma team.
Advising our staff of the possible diagnosis at the appointment time will ensure the patient is seen within one or two working days.
Further investigations will be discussed and arranged with the patient during the initial consultation. Ultrasound can be a useful initial investigation, but further imaging such as PET, CT chest and/or biopsies are usually performed on an individualized basis and reviewed in specialized multi-disciplinary forum.
Surgical—Refer to Associate Professor Susan Neuhaus.
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