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