July is ‘Sarcoma Awareness Month’. Sarcomas are rare cancers that can arise in bone, cartilage or soft tissues.
Sarcomas can present in a number of different ways, including:
- Pain and tenderness in an area
- Feeling a lump or swelling (in bone or soft tissue)
- Pain that is not helped by painkillers, or pain that gets worse at night
- An unexplained limp or problems with mobility
- Having a pathological bone fracture (caused without any trauma, or with minimal trauma, and is due to weakness of the bony structure by the cancer)
- Feeling lethargic and experiencing unexplained weight loss
For more specific information about sarcomas visit:
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Dr Saleem Hussenbocus is an Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in Bone & Soft Tissue Tumour Surgery, Joint Replacement & Limb Salvage, Metastatic Bone Disease, and Trauma. Dr Hussenbocus practices with Orthopaedics SA at Calvary Central Districts Hospital, Ashford Hospital, Parkside and Memorial Hospital.