The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Frequently Asked Questions


I have an appointment with the Yorkshire Regional Soft Tissue Sarcoma Service (YRSTSS), does that mean I have a sarcoma?

No. You will have been referred to us because you have a lump that fulfils the criteria to be assessed by the YRSTSS. We see approximately 700 new patients a year, and less than 10% will have sarcoma.

If I don’t have a sarcoma, why do I need to be seen by the YRSTSS?

Many referrals to our service are because there is a lump that is large, or has features that would make it difficult to have it removed by someone not specialised in treating these. We can also make recommendations to your local hospital or GP should we feel that your treatment could be done there.

I have just been diagnosed with sarcoma. Other than the YRSTSS is there anywhere else I can seek help and advice?

The National Sarcoma Support Group and the Leeds Regional Cancer Service provide more information and access to additional services

I have a lipoma. Is that a type of sarcoma?

No. There are over 100 types of sarcoma. A lipoma is not a sarcoma. Lipoma is a benign tumour of fat cells. These can vary in size from as small as a pea to the size of a rugby ball!

There is a lot of information available on Sarcoma. Is there anyone who can help me?

Cathy, Katy and Laura are our three sarcoma clinical nurse specialists. They will happily co-ordinate your entire clinic appointments, answer any questions that you may have, and provide you with as much support as you need during your treatment. See our Contact Us page for their details.