Very little can prepare you for the impact of a cancer diagnosis. The London Sarcoma Support Group is a place to feel supported and know you are not alone.
The London Sarcoma Support Group aims to offer people affected by sarcoma, as patient, carer, family or friend, the chance to meet with other people with similar experiences for personal and emotional peer support.
Since sarcoma is a rare cancer, it may be difficult to meet others that are in a similar situation. The support group aims to provide a friendly and safe environment to prevent feelings of isolation. Irrespective of where you live or which hospital you attend, you are most welcome to come join us at any of our meetings. Please see the upcoming meetings we have planned.
What to know
There are three main types of sarcoma: soft tissue sarcoma, bone sarcoma and gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GIST).
There are around 100 different sub-types of sarcoma
10 people every day are diagnosed with sarcoma in the UK
About 3,800 new cases of sarcoma are diagnosed each year in the UK which makes up approximately 1% of all cancer diagnoses
Every year 3,330 people are diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma (including GIST)
500 people are diagnosed with a bone sarcoma every year
In general, patients with a bone or soft tissue diagnosis tend to be younger than the majority of cancer patients. 16% of bone or soft tissue sarcomas are diagnosed in patients less than thirty years of age, compared to around 2% of all cancers. 37% of bone or soft tissue sarcoma patients are aged less than 50 years.
Sarcomas make up 15% of all childhood cancers (0-14 years) and 11% of all cancer diagnoses in teenagers and young people (15-24 years)
In Scotland, 350 new cases of sarcoma are diagnosed each year (200 soft tissue, 100 bone sarcoma and 50 GIST)
The above facts and figures are found onSarcoma UK website which is an excellent and reliable source of information for sarcoma.
London Sarcoma Support would like to thank
Sarcoma UK & Macmillan for their generous support