The main symptoms of sarcoma are:

  • 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

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

Soft tissue sarcoma

These can develop in any tissues that support, connect, surround and protect the organs of the body and include: fat, muscle, nerves, fibrous tissues, tendons and ligaments, blood vessels

There are about 100 subtypes of sarcoma but some of the main soft tissue sarcoma are:

  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Rhabdomyosacroma
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST)
  • Kaposi’s sarcoma

Bone sarcomas 

  • Osteosarcoma
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Ewing sarcoma
  • Chordoma

Referral routes

If you notice any suspicious symptoms please see your GP who might request further investigations or scans.  Your GP or hospital team can refer you to the sarcoma Multidisciplinary Team Meeting (MDT) which is on a Wednesday afternoon.