Sarcomas are usually found by a patient when a lump appears on the leg, arm or trunk.

They can also be found during an investigation of other symptoms or during a routine operation.

The earlier sarcoma is diagnosed the better the chances of successful treatment. 

A specialist doctor will diagnose sarcoma through a series of tests. These may include:

  • Clinical examination – looking at and feeling any lump
  • A scan – taking pictures of the inside of the body using ultrasound, x-ray, CT, EUS, PET or MRI
  • A biopsy – taking and testing a tissue sample
  • A bone scan – to investigate primary bone sarcomas