According to a YouGov poll commissioned by Sarcoma UK, 75% of people do not know or are not sure what sarcoma is. Richard Davidson, Chief Executive of Sarcoma UK, believes it’s time for sarcoma to raise its profile. He says: ‘We know the patient journey can be isolating, frightening and traumatic for many. The unfortunate truth is that people only really become aware of what sarcoma is when it touches their life or those in their family.
The report gives a frank snapshot of what the current sarcoma landscape looks like in the UK, and reveals how sarcoma and a general lack of awareness around the cancer can have a devastating impact on both patients, their families and friends, from diagnosis through to treatment.
The report also finds:
- Little progress has been made in recent years in terms of developing successful new sarcoma-specific treatments.
- There is hope on the horizon through both ‘tumour-agnostic’ drugs like larotrectinib and innovative research projects, including one involving cancer killing bioactive glass.
- The opening of the UK’s second Proton Beam Therapy centre at University College London Hospital could help expand treatment options within the UK.
How can you support the campaign?
- Download and read the report in full then share it with friends and family
- Tell your GP about sarcoma, and share the resources we have with them
- Join us on social media, like, comment and share our content, using the hashtag #TheLoneliestCancer