Some types of sarcoma are treated in MDTs that do not treat sarcoma specifically but have expertise in treating the part of the body that is affected.
Members of site-specific MDTs who are not specialists in sarcoma, may also liaise with the sarcoma MDT to offer their expertise in treating sarcoma patients depending on what part of the body is affected.
Members of site-specific MDTs may include:
Orthopaedic surgeon – specialises in surgery of the bones, joints and other structures involved in making the body move.
Thoracic surgeon – specialises in surgery of the organs in the chest including the heart, lungs and oesophagus.
Plastic surgeon – specialises in reconstruction. They may be involved in the treatment of skin sarcomas or in reconstruction following surgery, for example, if you need a skin graft.
Head and neck surgeon – specialises in surgery of the head and neck including the ears, nose and throat as well as skull-based surgery.
Gynaecological oncologist – specialises in treatment other than surgery of cancer of the female reproductive system, for example, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Gynaecological surgeon – specialises in surgery of the female reproductive organs.
Gastrointestinal surgeon – specialises in surgery of the GI tract – a long tube running through the body from the oesophagus (gullet) to the anus (back passage)
Vascular surgeon – specialises in surgery of the vascular system – the arteries and veins.
Neurosurgeon – a surgeon who specialises in the treatment of disorders of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord). They may be involved in the treatment of patients with sarcomas affecting the spine, such as chordoma.