Sarcomas are rare tumours, in fact the are only about 3000 people diagnosed with them every year. Liverpool Royal diagnose approximately 100 people per year. I am in that 100.
Definition from Macmillan.org.uk
Soft tissue sarcomas are cancers that develop from cells in the soft, supporting tissues of the body. They can occur in muscle, fat, blood vessels or in any of the other tissues that support, surround and protect the organs of the body.
Any swelling that is bigger than a golf ball [5cm] and is getting bigger could be a sarcoma. Please don’t leave any lump alone, if you have one, anywhere, get it checked today.
Click here to visit the Macmillan website for more detail.
My tumour is in my right thigh and is a pretty big one! It is approximately 21.5cm x 12cm x 5 cm. although my specialist keeps telling me that it’s not massive compared to others he has seen!! One patient of his had a sarcoma weighing 10kg- that’s the same weight as three babies!