Patients with a suspected or confirmed adult-onset sarcoma should be referred to a specialist who is a member of a multidisciplinary cancer care team and practices at one of the specialist centres listed below.
Australia and New Zealand Sarcoma Association recommends that a sarcoma surgeon should be consulted as soon as sarcoma is suspected, so that any biopsy can be handled correctly.
Even if surgery does not seem likely at the time of referral, involvement of a multidisciplinary cancer care team early in the cancer journey is recommended to ensure optimal assessment, care, and outcomes.
The Canrefer website allows you to find cancer specialists who are MDT members, and has information about cancer services, optimal care pathways, and patient resources.
Smoking cessation support
Evidence suggests that tobacco cessation following cancer diagnosis improves survival. It also reduces treatment-related complications.[10–to12] Health professionals should discuss tobacco use with all patients and provide appropriate cessation support.