Sarcoma

Sarcomas are a rare group of cancers found in the body’s connective tissues, such as bone, cartilage, fat, blood vessels, nerves and muscles. Sarcomas can broadly be divided into either bone or soft tissues. Although related, bone and soft tissue sarcomas need quite different types of treatment.

The Exeter Sarcoma Centre specialises in the care and treatment of patients with soft tissue sarcomas. We provide the best possible care for patients who are diagnosed sarcomas. We provide support, information, counselling and education to you and your relatives and carers throughout treatment.

Soft tissue sarcoma treatment usually involves surgery to remove the tumour. This might be followed by chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. Your treatment will depend on where the cancer developed, the type of sarcoma it is, how far it has spread, your age and your general health. Our team will discuss the most appropriate kind of treatment for you.

 

Contact us

Northern Services

North Devon District Hospital 

Main switchboard on 01271 322577

 

Eastern Services

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford) 

Main switchboard on 01392 411611

If you have any concerns or queries at any stage of your treatment, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our nurse specialists on 01392 402720. If they are not available, please leave a message and a contact number and they will get back to you.

Patients with sarcoma often talk about feelings of isolation because they haven't usually heard of sarcoma before, let alone know anyone who has been treated for it. Our specialist nurses aim to provide information, practical help, psychological and social support for you and your relatives and carers.

Where will I be seen?

Northern Services

North Devon District Hospital 

North Devon District Hospital
Raleigh Park
Barnstaple
Devon
EX31 4JB

 

Eastern services

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford) 

Centre for Women's Health

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford)
Barrack Road
Exeter
EX2 5DW

 

Sarcoma Clinics are run on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

Meet the team

Our dedicated team is made up of sarcoma consultant surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, oncologists and nurse specialists. Colleagues from physiotherapy, occupational therapy and palliative care also provide professional advice and support.

Consultant sarcoma surgeons:

  • Mr Chris Mills
  • Mr Chris Stone

Consultant oncologists:

  • Dr Peter Bliss
  • Dr Peter Stephens

Clinical nurse specialists:

  • Claire Facey
  • Sarah Sandford
  • Kate Allington
  • Kevin Mitchell
  • Jo Short

If you have any concerns or queries at any stage of your treatment, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our nurse specialists on 01392 402720. If they are not available, please leave a message and a contact number and they will get back to you.

Services and treatments

The  Macmillan website explains more about the different types of treatments offered.

You can also find out more about the different types of treatment by visiting the NHS website. 

This includes:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Hormone treatment
  • Targeted therapy

Supporting you

Having cancer can have an impact on every aspect of your life and on those around you. We understand that this is a difficult and often frightening time for you and your loved ones, which is why we have put together a wide range of information to help you live with and beyond cancer.

Some of these services are available locally, whilst others cover Devon and/or the South West Peninsula as a whole. 

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Patient information leaflets

We produce a wide range of leaflets which provide information about our services and about the treatment you might receive in our clinics or during your stay in hospital. 

We also produce these in different formats including large print, please contact the department you are visiting for more information.

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Useful videos

We have a wide range of videos which provide information about our services and about the treatment you might receive in our clinics or during your stay in hospital. 

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Last updated: November 14, 2022.

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