Sarcomas are uncommon cancers that can affect any part of the body, on the inside or outside.

Signs and symptoms

  • A lump which is growing, changing, or bigger than a golf ball 
  • Swelling, tenderness or pain in or around the bone which may come and go and may be worse at night
  • Stomach pain, feeling sick, loss of appetite or feeling full after eating only a small amount of food
  • Blood in either your poo or vomit

It is important to remember most lumps and pains are not sarcomas, and this list doesn’t cover everything.

If you have any of the signs and symptoms of sarcoma, please contact your GP.

If you are referred

If your GP thinks that there is a chance that you could have a sarcoma, they will refer you for further tests.

For soft-tissue lumps, this should be an urgent ultrasound. For bone lumps or pain, this should be an urgent x-ray.

If you aren’t referred

This means that your GP either doesn’t think that you may have sarcoma, or they want to see if your symptoms persist or progress over time.

It is important to keep an eye on your symptoms. If you see any changes, such as a lump that is getting bigger, let your GP know. You could take pictures or measurements to show your GP.

If your tests are negative/inconclusive but your problems continue

There is a chance your test could be inconclusive even when sarcoma is present. If your symptoms continue, you should see your GP to be referred for further tests.

If you have any questions or would like to talk to someone, our Support Line is here for you on 0808 801 0401