When Should I See a Sarcoma Specialist?
There are many understandable reasons why you might hesitate to schedule your first appointment with a sarcoma specialist. If you’ve been dealing with abnormal symptoms but haven’t yet received a diagnosis, you may be worried that you’re overreacting to a minor concern. Or, if you’ve already been diagnosed with sarcoma, you may be dealing with a great deal of uncertainty and feeling anxious about the prospect of treatment. While all of these feelings are valid, it’s best to get started as soon as possible.
When it comes to diagnosing and treating sarcoma, every day is valuable. Cancers that are detected early typically have the widest range of treatment options, which often translates to better outcomes and quality of life. Even in instances where a “watch and wait” approach is recommended, having a specialist actively monitor your condition is highly beneficial.
Signs you should make an appointment with a sarcoma specialist
Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to schedule a diagnostic appointment with a sarcoma specialist if:
- You recently developed a painless lump or persistent swelling in an arm, leg or your abdomen
- Your bones have been consistently aching for more than a few days
- You’re experiencing walking difficulties, an unexplained limp or other mobility limitations
If you’ve already been diagnosed with sarcoma, you can consider making an appointment with another specialist to get a second opinion or learn more about your treatment options. Oncologists who specialize in treating sarcoma are typically familiar with the latest advances in surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and clinical trials, and as a result are usually able to provide comprehensive treatment.
Sarcoma specialists at Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt Cancer Center’s Sarcoma Program is home to a multispecialty team, including experts in surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Our oncologists focus exclusively on the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue sarcomas and osteosarcomas. One of the key reasons that patients choose us is our oncologists’ ability to provide fully individualized treatment plans that reflect evidence-based best practices.