Sarcomas Not Diagnosed Early Enough

This article from the Miami Herald provides basic background information regarding sarcoma, emphasizing the importance of early detection and prompt treatment.  This relatively rare form of cancer that arises in the body’s connective tissue effects both children and adults.   Approximately 12,000 to 15,000 new cases are diagnosed per year in the United States which accounts for approximately 1% of new cancer diagnoses annually.  Due to the rarity of this condition, patients and health care providers are often under educated regarding this potentially deadly condition.  George et al from the University of Birmingham published a study in May 2012 highlighting the poor general awareness of and proper referral for sarcomas (George A, Grimer R, Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2012 May;94(4):261-6), emphasizing the need for robust education strategies.

The doctors at Orthopedic Surgical Oncology of Arizona are happy to see patients with musculoskeletal complaints who may be concerned about sarcoma so that appropriate evaluation and prompt diagnosis can be made.  We work closely with medical and radiation oncology colleagues at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital to ensure patients receive comprehensive and experienced sarcoma care.

Written by Dr. Judd Cummings

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