Getting patients treated by experts who have experience of treating and managing sarcomas is crucial.
All patients with suspected or confirmed sarcoma must have their treatment agreed by a specialist multi-disciplinary team (MDT) at a sarcoma centre, sometimes jointly with age-appropriate teams or those that focus on a particular part of the body, to ensure they receive the most appropriate and best possible care.
Focus on the drug pazopanib
New treatments rarely come up for sarcoma, so for some soft tissue sarcomas, the results of the PALETTE trial were hugely promising. It considered the effect of a new drug, pazopanib, on survival after previous chemotherapy had failed. This is important, as earlier chemotherapies for these sarcomas have a maximum dose, and can cause severe side-effects. Despite pazopanib being shown to increase the time it takes for sarcoma to progress, the only nation in the UK with routine access is Wales. Specialist sarcoma doctors need access to the full range of clinically-effective treatments to ensure that sarcoma patients get the best possible care.
1 in 7 (14%) sarcoma patients are not treated through a specialist sarcoma multi-disciplinary team (MDT) at a specialist centre