Our approach and expertise
The East Midlands Sarcoma Service is comprised of Surgeons, Oncologists, Radiologists and Pathologists along with Clinical Nurse Specialists and a Specialist Sarcoma Physiotherapist. The service covers a catchment area of approximately four and a half million people over Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.
Full diagnostic facilities are available at both Leicester Royal Infirmary and City Campus at Nottingham University Hospitals. All surgeries are undertaken in Nottingham and non-surgical oncological treatment (Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy) is delivered at Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Lincoln and Northampton where appropriate.
All patients diagnosed with a sarcoma are discussed at the network wide Sarcoma Multidisciplinary Team meeting that happens on a Monday lunchtime. Hosted at (City Campus) Nottingham University Hospitals the meeting is teleconferenced throughout the region.
The approach to all patients with sarcoma is individualised and a responsible clinician and Clinical Nurse Specialist will be allocated to all patients. Patients will be seen following the discussion at the Multidisciplinary Team meeting in one of the Sarcoma Clinics and management, planned, discussed and agreed with them. All patients will be offered a written copy of that consultation.
The East Midlands Sarcoma Service treat approximately 150 newly diagnosed soft tissue sarcomas each year.
Patients diagnosed with a bone sarcoma may have their oncological treatment in one of the East Midlands hospitals. Surgery will normally be done at one of the nationally designated bone tumour centres usually, the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham or the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore.
The surgical group of soft tissue sarcoma in the East Midlands is a combined ortho-plastics approach, from both Orthopaedic Surgeons and Plastic Surgeons treating soft tissue sarcomas, often operating in tandem. Where appropriate a site specific surgeon will be involved with the service.
Retroperitoneal sarcomas are all operated on at the Queen’s Medical Centre by the East Midlands Retroperitoneal Sarcoma Surgeons, Mr Robinson and Miss Walter.
Where appropriate or where certain treatments are unavailable in the region, it may be that the patients are referred wider afield.