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Sarcomas

Reasons to choose Wilson Browne

Sarcomas are uncommon cancers that can affect any part of the body, on the inside or outside, including the muscle, bone, tendons, blood vessels and fatty tissues.

15 people are diagnosed every year with sarcomas which is 5,300 new cases every year.

There are around 100 different sub-types of sarcoma and most commonly affect the arms, legs and torso. They also appear in the stomach and intestines, behind the abdomen (retroperitoneal sarcomas) and the female reproductive system (gynaecological sarcomas).

The main types of sarcoma are:
-Bone sarcomas: there are approximately 650 new cases a year, but not all bone cancers are sarcomas.
-Soft tissue sarcomas: these can affect any part of the body.
-GIST sarcomas: these are sarcomas that affect the Gastrointestinal tract.
-Gynaecological sarcomas: affecting the female reproductive system.
-Retroperitoneal sarcomas: these affect the area behind the abdomen.

Sarcomas make up 1.3% of cancers diagnosed in the UK every year with 670 bone sarcomas being diagnosed annually and 71% being soft tissue sarcomas. When diagnosed, sarcomas are usually about 10cm in length.

Survival rates for sarcoma has increased quite a lot over the last two decades. It is held that 78% of individuals diagnosed with sarcoma will live for at least one year, 64.5% for at least 3 years and 55% for at least 5 years.

As with many cancers, there is no direct cause. However, research has indicated that the following may be risk factors:-

-If there is a family history of sarcomas.
-If you have the bone disorder Paget’s disease.
-If you have genetic disorders including neurofibromatotis, Gardner syndrome, retinoblastoma or Li-Fraumeni syndrome.
-If you have been exposed to radiation.

Sarcomas are often treated with surgery to remove the sarcoma. This may be followed by chemotherapy or radiotherapy to prevent the cancer recurring.

Sarcomas and clinical negligence:

Receiving a diagnosis of any cancer can be devastating. If your cancer was misdiagnosed or diagnosed later than it should have been, you may be able to bring a claim in medical negligence.

Our specialist medical negligence team can support you through the claim and help get the justice you deserve whether that be an apology, evidence that lessons have been learnt or through compensation.
You may have a claim for:
-Misdiagnosis
-Mistreatment
-A delay in diagnosis
-A delay in the appropriate treatment

If you have experienced the above, you may have a claim for clinical negligence. Our Clinical Negligence team deal with misdiagnosis and failure in diagnosis claims and can assist you in bringing a claim to get the closure and compensation you deserve.

Louise Tyler

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Louise Tyler

Partner

Louise is the Head of the Medical Negligence Team and has worked in this area of law for over 20 years. She is a member of both the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, the AvMA (Action for Victims of Medical Accidents) Panel and has been…