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Retroperitoneal sarcoma

Cancer of the retroperitoneal

Cancer of the space behind your abdomen's lining

About

Retroperitoneal sarcomas occur behind the peritoneum. The peritoneum is the lining of the abdominal space that covers organs such as the major blood vessels, kidneys, pancreas and bladder. The tumours are very rare, but because of their location they are difficult to treat.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of retroperitoneal sarcoma icon plus

    Symptoms of retroperitoneal sarcoma can vary depending on the size and location of your tumour. They may include: - a noticeable lump in the abdomen - increase in size around your middle - dull pain above your tummy or in your back - intense abdominal pain with bleeding. Other rare symptoms include feeling full after eating a small amount of food, weight loss, hernia or anaemia.
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    If your consultant feels you may have soft tissue cancer, they'll refer you for a number of tests. A diagnosis of a retroperitoneal sarcoma will usually be made by a HCA UK specialist and will be based on your symptoms, a physical examination, and the results of one or all of the following: - an ultrasound scan is usually the first test performed and is fairly simple and quick; further scans such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan may be performed later - a biopsy where a sample of suspected cancerous tissue is removed using a needle or during an operation so it can be tested and analysed in a laboratory.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    If you are diagnosed with a retroperitoneal sarcoma you'll be cared for by our team of specially trained medical staff at one of our specialist centres. They'll help decide on the most appropriate treatment. Your recommended treatment will depend on things such as what stage your cancer has reached, how far it has spread, your age and your general health. The main treatments are: - surgery to remove any tumour - radiotherapy, where high-energy radiation is used to kill cancer cells - chemotherapy and other medications to kill cancer cells.
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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