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It's Sarcoma Awareness Week

Posted by Steve on Monday 23rd June

The chief executive of Sarcoma UK, Lindsey Bennister, is interviewed on TV to start off Sarcoma Awareness Week which runs from today until Saturday.

Dorset magazine

Posted by Tricia on Monday 23rd June

In June’s edition of “Dorset” magazine there is an article about living
with cancer in Dorset. Included in it is a little bit about my diagnosis and our
support group. The article is timely as this is “Sarcoma Awareness Week”.
Included in the article is a piece about the excellent Grove Hotel where we have
our support group and will be meeting for our Tea Party on Saturday 28th June
from 2 p.m. “Dorset” magazines tend to be in dentists and doctors surgeries so
you may come across it there, but I bought mine in Sainsbury's and W.H. Smiths
stock it.

Best wishes,

Tricia Moate

Dorset Magazine is now online

Posted by Steve on Wednesday 25th June

Now that July's edition of Dorset Magazine is in the shops, June's edition is available in the archives at Dorset Magazine. You will need Flash and the article starts on page 92.

Two appalling numbers

Posted by Steve on Friday 27th June

As part of their On the Ball campaign, Sarcoma UK has tweeted two astonishing statistics:

  • Only one in four of sarcoma referrals are to a specialist centre.
  • Sarcoma patients wait on average 1½ years for referral.

I find those numbers terrifying and so I applaud Sarcoma UK's efforts to dramatically improve them. In their strategy for 2014 - 2020 Transforming the landscape for sarcoma they have two targets to deal with this:

  • 100% of people diagnosed with sarcoma will be treated under the care of a sarcoma multi-disciplinary team (compared to only 60% in 2013) (page 19).
  • 80% of people with suspected sarcoma will be referred to hospital for further investigations on their first or second visit to their GP (compared to 2013 where one third of sarcoma patients visit their GP three times or more before referral) (page 15).

Sarcoma UK's twitter page

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