Sarcoma Unit

Soft tissue sarcomas are malignant tumours which may develop anywhere in the body from the body’s structural (or connective) tissues such as muscle, bone, cartilage, fibrous tissues and fatty tissue. These tumours are very rare, with only 3000 cases per year throughout the UK. Because of their rarity, to ensure that patients get expert treatment, the care of these tumours is dealt with by regional specialist centres of which Sheffield is one of 15 in the UK.
The Unit sees referrals of any patient from across North Trent (Sheffield, Barnsley, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Bassetlaw, Rotherham) with a swelling which is already known to be or suspected to be a sarcoma.

Patients are seen in a dedicated clinic by a team of clinicians who have access to imaging investigations such as MRI scans, Ultrasound, PET and CT scans.

The clinical team is supported by experts in sarcoma Imaging and Pathology interpretation  to enable rapid diagnosis and treatment.

All patients diagnosed with sarcoma are supported by our team of 3 specialist nurses who coordinate care, provide psychological support, information and advice. A patient group is also available locally to help provide support. Young patients have access to a purpose built Teenage Cancer Unit.

The Unit provides a full range of surgical techniques to deal with these tumours which can arise anywhere in the body. A team of specialist surgeons, including Plastic, Thoracic, Maxillofacial and Abdominal Surgeons are available to deal with tumours in any location around the body.

The Unit also provides Specialist Oncology support for sarcoma patients and is one of the few in the UK to provide highly targeted radiotherapy treatment for sarcomas (Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy, IMRT).

Through participation in theUK National Cancer Research Network (NCRN) and European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Soft Tissue and Bone Sarcoma Groups, we are able to offer patients access to new treatments and clinical trials.

Our clinicians are also leading large National trials into radiotherapy treatment for sarcomas and a new drug targeting the tumour blood supply in sarcomas (Axi-STS, Prof Woll). Numerous other research studies into ways to improve sarcoma treatment are also running in the Unit to ensure patient care is at the forefront of new technology.

The Sheffield Sarcoma Support Group meets the first Friday of the month and can be contacted via:  or via the sarcoma specialist nurses. You can also find information from the National Sarcoma Support Group.

Referral contact details

New Appointments Office, Room C56
Outpatient Block, Royal Hallamshire Hospital,
Glossop Road,

Clinic times 

Prof P J Woll and Dr M H Robinson clinics are on Thursday mornings and Sarcoma clinic is the 2nd Tuesday month at 2-5 pm at  Weston Park Hospital.

Dr M H Robinson, surgical sarcoma clinic runs from 2-5pm at the surgical outpatients, every Monday on B Floor at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Professor Penella Woll Oncology Sarcoma & Lung 2265065 WPH
Dr Martin Robinson Clinical Oncology Sarcoma, ENT, Lymphoma, Melanoma 2265065 WPH
Judy Darwent Sarcoma Specialist Nurse 2713478 RHH
Anne French Sarcoma Specialist Nurse 2713478 RHH
Maxine Eades Sarcoma Specialist Nurse 2713478 RHH


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