Query sarcoma referal

Hello thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Here goes. I'm 31 have had a number of health problems in the past very serious over active thyroid, svt (superventricular tachycardia) and I had an abdominal hysterectomy at the age of 29. So I had this hard pea sized lump in my thigh for about a year very hard wouldn't move so I went to see my gp again 2 weeks ago and the lumps and numbs clinic the lump had grown to 5cm and attatched to the muscle when I was asked to tense my thigh. They said it doesn't move with any pressure at all and its very uneven. My gp was very concerned that it had grown and it being hard and not moving with hard pressure you can actually see it bulging from my leg so I was meant to attend sarcoma clinic 2 weeks ago but was covid possitive so I have an appointment Tuesday with the plastic surgeon at the sarcoma clinic. I'm so worried the lump is growing and bulging from the leg and it won't move at all and very uneven what do I expect at my first appointment. Please help I prefer honesty. Also my legs have lots of bruises appearing for no apparsnt reason. Thanks so much for listening! Yous don't get enough credit for what you do. A problem shared is a problem halved. 

  • Hi Nhen,

    Thanks for getting in touch and a warm welcome to the Online Community. I’m Heidi one of the Cancer Information Nurses here on the Macmillan Support Line.  I hope you will find this a supportive space for you.

    I am sorry to hear that you have had some complex health problems, it sounds as though you have been through a lot.

    It is understandable that you are worried about the lump in your thigh, but you have done the right thing by seeing your GP and getting this reviewed by a specialist.

    You have been referred to the plastic surgeon at the sarcoma clinic as they are expert in assessing, diagnosing, and planning treatment for the type of lump you have described.

    Depending on what the plastic surgeon feels is necessary, they may arrange for some tests to determine the nature of the lump you have.

    These may include an ultrasound scan, blood tests and a biopsy.  They may want to arrange other types of scan or x-ray, like a CT scan or MRI.

    The type of test will depend on what information the plastic surgeon needs, and they will explain more about this at your appointment.  

    Remember that most lumps and bumps are not cancer, but it is always best to get them checked, as you have done.

    It is difficult to know what the bruising on your legs may be. You mentioned that you have an overactive thyroid which can sometimes mean you bruise more easily.  

    It is important you let the plastic surgeon know about the bruising at your appointment so they can assess what the cause might be.

    If your bruising becomes worse in the interim before your appointment on Tuesday, or you have any other concerns, then do contact your GP or NHS 111.

    I hope that this information helps and please don’t hesitate to get in contact again if we can support you further.

    Best wishes for your appointment on Tuesday and take care for now.

     

    Heidi

    Cancer Information Nurse Specialist 

    You can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or email us. 

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