Anyone diagnosed with a bone or soft tissue sarcoma can benefit from specialist advice and treatment to speed recovery and help deal with the effects of sarcoma and treatment.
Speak to your sarcoma clinical nurse specialist or a member of your medical team and ask them to make a referral to a rehabilitation team.
Occupational therapists assess your ability to carry out daily living activities such as washing, dressing and meal preparation. They can also help you return to normal daily activities such as work, parenting, and leisure activities. They may suggest new ways of doing things or recommend the use of special equipment. The occupational therapist can also ask your local Social Services team to assess whether any equipment or adaptations are needed in your home and to arrange for them to be supplied.
The occupational therapist can also advise you on methods that may help you to better manage your condition. These may include how to pace your activities, techniques for relaxation and ways to manage your fatigue.
If an occupational therapist is not available in your centre, please speak to another member of your rehabilitation team for advice.
Physiotherapists help you return to as active a lifestyle as possible. They will help you strengthen your muscles and ensure your joints regain as much mobility as they can. This may involve designing a special exercise programme, providing advice about managing tiredness or teaching you to use equipment to help you walk or to support your joints.
Dieticians assess whether you need any special diet and can advise on the most appropriate nutritional support to help you before, during and after treatment.
Speech and language therapy
Speech and language therapists help with problems such as difficulties with swallowing, eating, drinking, or talking which may be a result of your cancer or treatment.
Orthotics and prosthetics
The treatment of sarcoma often involves surgery. Your doctor will discuss this with you in detail, and if surgery is necessary there are various options to help you afterwards. For example, an orthotist can help by providing you with supports or splints. If you have had an amputation, a prosthetist can assess and fit an artificial limb.