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Diagnosing sarcoma

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. You might have a:

  • Clinical examination – looking at and feeling any lump
  • Scan – taking pictures of the inside of the body using scans such as ultrasounds, x-rays, CT, EUS, PET or MRI scans
  • Biopsy – taking and testing a tissue sample
  • Bone scan – to investigate bone sarcomas

In some cases, your healthcare professional might recommend genomic testing. These tests can help to confirm your diagnosis and identify the most appropriate treatments for you.


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