Important information

The management of adult-onset sarcoma can be complex, especially for people who require surgery.

A person with a suspected adult-onset sarcoma should be referred to a specialist who has experience treating sarcoma, is a member of a sarcoma multidisciplinary team and practices at a specialist centre.

Specialist centres

The management of adult-onset sarcoma requires a team of health care professionals with experience in sarcoma treatment (including surgery) and the availability of adequate supportive care following surgery.

Even if surgery does not seem likely at the time of referral, early involvement of a multidisciplinary team is recommended to ensure optimal assessment, care, and outcomes.

Specialist centres for adult-onset sarcoma are:

Some patients may need to travel out of area to be treated at a specialist centre. The local health district will have an arrangement in place for this. For more detailed information about specialist centres, see Optimising cancer care on the Cancer Institute NSW website.


What tests are needed?

Common tests used to diagnose sarcomas include:

  • blood tests
  • imaging - ultrasound, x-rays, CT scans and/or MRI scan
  • biopsy
  • bone marrow biopsy (bone sarcomas only).


What treatment options are there?

Treatment for sarcoma may include one or more of the following:

  • surgery
  • chemotherapy
  • targeted therapy
  • radiotherapy.


How common is sarcoma in NSW?

Sarcoma was diagnosed in:

  • 2015
    375 people in NSW
  • 2014
    348 people in NSW
  • 2013
    382 people in NSW

Data Source: Annual NSW cancer incidence and mortality dataset, 2015 (sourced from the NSW Cancer Registry)

Last updated: 22 February 2019