WA State Sarcoma Service

WA State Sarcoma Service

During 2015, Western Australia became the first state in Australia to provide a State Sarcoma Service.

 

What does this mean?

If you are diagnosed with a sarcoma through the public health system, your doctor will refer your case to the dedicated, passionate and highly experienced multidisciplinary team (MDT) based at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth. This team holds a weekly meeting to discuss best practice management of newly referred sarcoma cases. They will also discuss further management of continuing cases or those sarcoma cases where sadly the sarcoma has returned.

 

If you have been diagnosed with a sarcoma through the private health system, you can still access this service. Just ask your doctor if your case can be referred to the State Sarcoma Service.

 

What is an MDT?

 

A multidisciplinary team (MDT) includes all the specialists that may be involved in your case including:

Sarcoma Surgeons

Medical Oncologists

Radiation Oncologists

Pathologists

Radiologists

Nurses

Social Workers

Ancillary Support Staff

 

Sarcoma Clinical Nurse

After many years of pleading the importance of this role, WA now has a specialist clinical nurse as part of the MDT team. This role is there not only to help the clinical team coordinate all that is involved in the management of a sarcoma diagnosis but more importantly, is there to help and support the patient and their family to navigate the sarcoma journey.

The Sarcoma nurse is there to help with any questions that may arise during or after treatment; to provide support with issues that may arise in daily life as a result of a sarcoma diagnosis or to services that may help make the journey a little easier (eg Centrelink; educational institutions; etc). The nurse is on call 24/7 in an emergency.

 

Download the WA State Sarcoma Brochure here