This leaflet explains what sarcoma is, and why a referral to a specialist sarcoma team is important to get the right diagnosis. The majority of people (8 out of 10) referred won’t have a sarcoma but getting the right diagnosis leads to getting the most appropriate treatment if you do have a sarcoma.
If you don’t have a sarcoma you will be discharged from the sarcoma specialist centre. If your symptoms begin to change or become painful you can go back to your GP for advice. If you do have a sarcoma the sarcoma specialist team will ensure you get the right treatment and care. Some benign tumours, like desmoid fibromatosis and giant cell tumours of the bone, are also treated by sarcoma teams.