Not everyone understands sarcoma. We do.
The Sarcoma UK Support Line is here for every person affected by sarcoma.
Get in touch for friendly, expert, confidential and free advice on anything to do with sarcoma.
- Our support line is independent and confidential
- The service is free to everyone
- We are friendly sarcoma specialists – we have answers
- We believe no question is a silly question
We are here for everyone. We are here for you.
How can we help?
What do people call us about?
No question is a silly question. Here are some of the most common ones that we get asked.
What is cancer?
Cancer starts in our cells. Cells are tiny building blocks that make up the organs and tissues of our body. Usually, these cells divide to make new cells in a controlled way. This is how our bodies grow, heal and repair. Sometimes, this goes wrong and the cell becomes abnormal. The abnormal cell keeps dividing and making more and more abnormal cells. These cells form a lump, which is called a tumour.
What is a sarcoma?
Sarcomas are less common cancers that develop in the muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels and the fatty and fibrous tissues. They can affect almost any part of the body, on the inside or the outside.
What is a MDT?
Anyone with a suspected sarcoma should be referred to a specialist sarcoma team for confirmation of diagnosis and for a treatment plan of this form of cancer. This is a team of experts from a wide range of healthcare professions called a multidisciplinary team (MDT). A sarcoma MDT will be based at a sarcoma specialist centre. We can help you to find a sarcoma MDT that covers where you live.
How is sarcoma treated?
There are many different types of sarcoma and increasingly they are being treated in different ways.
Can I get written information?
Sarcoma UK has written information that we can post out to you. The information is to help you understand more about Sarcoma and the treatments used. You can also see all the information on our website.
Where can I get support from for myself or my family?
Sarcoma UK can help get you in touch with sarcoma support groups. These offer valuable support and information to patients, carers and family members, and provide the opportunity to meet with other people in the same situation.
Is my personal information kept confidential?
Yes. When you get in touch with us, we don’t share your details with anyone else. We do keep a record of your call or email to help us give you a good service, but this information is kept safe.
Is the service free?
Yes. The phone number is free to call from anywhere in the United Kingdom.
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