The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Physiotherapy


Physiotherapy for people with soft tissue Sarcoma

Physiotherapy for people with Sarcoma is provided by Lynn Hopcroft and Debbie Artis, who specialise in the treatment of adults with Sarcoma. Debbie and Lynn share your care and discuss your progress to ensure they are up to date with how you are doing.

Why is physiotherapy needed?

Many soft tissue sarcomas arise within or very near to muscle tissue and are most commonly found in the limbs. An operation to remove the tumour may involve removing some muscle tissue. Patients with sarcoma may require radiotherapy following their surgery or instead of surgery. Both surgery and radiotherapy will leave your arm or leg with varying levels of soft-tissue tightness and muscle weakness and possibly with some degree of swelling.

It is sometimes necessary for patients with sarcoma to receive chemotherapy which can lead to problems with your mobility due to tiredness and generally feeling unwell.

Both physiotherapists (Debbie and Lynn) are available at any point during your treatment pathway. You can ask to see them as often or as little as you need. Sometimes it is necessary for the Sarcoma Physiotherapist to refer you on for physiotherapy treatment closer to where you live, or to other specialists depending on the problems identified.

Contacts

Lynn Hopcroft and Debbie Artis are available on the following days and times:

Monday          8.00am - 2.30pm

Tuesday          8.30am - 3.00pm

Wednesday     8.00am - 5.00pm

Thursday         8.30am - 2.00pm

Friday              9.00am - 2.00pm

We can be contacted on 0113 2068117 or alternatively you can bleep us by ringing 0113 2433144 and asking for bleep 80-1089