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Greater Manchester and Oswestry Sarcoma Service

The service, based at Manchester Royal Infirmary treats and supports patients who are thought to have, or who have been diagnosed with, sarcoma of the limbs. GMOSS is made up of three hospitals who work together to provide a comprehensive service: MRI, Christie and Oswestry.

Patients with suspected bone sarcomas are referred to Mr Paul Cool at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital NHS Trust, Oswestry.

What is sarcoma?

Our bodies are made up of tine structures called cells, which are not visible to the naked eye. Each group of cells has a very particular function. Cells reproduce themselves by dividing in a very controlled way so that the body can grow and repair itself.

Sometimes some cells grow in an uncontrolled way which can cause swelling or a tumour.

Sarcoma is a specific type of cancer which affects the soft tissues of the body, and is more common in the arms or legs. Cancer is a word that is used to describe many different diseases which are treated in different ways.

This can happen when cancer cells travel through the blood stream or lymphatic system. the lymphatic system of the body helps to fight infection. It is made up of a network of vessels (tubes) and nodes (glands) throughout the body.

What if I think I have sarcoma?

The Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer is a guide for doctors, to help ensure that the patient is seen quickly if the doctor thinks he or she may have cancer. Information about the guidelines can be seen by clicking here.

You will also find information about what to look out for, and tests that may be carried out if your doctor thinks you might have a sarcoma.

If you are worried that you might have a sarcoma, you should go and see your family doctor (GP) as soon as possible. Your GP will then decide whether you should be sent to see a doctor who specialises in sarcomas.


Treatment for sarcoma will depend on the grade (how like normal tissue the tumour cells are) and stage of the tumour (whether it has spread to other areas). The treatment for cancer is decided on an individual basis, so the treatment may not be the same for everyone. In most cases, surgery to is the treatment choice for soft tissue sarcomas.

Surgery is carried out at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Patients are admitted to Elective Treatment Centre for surgery. The telephone number for the unit is 0161 276 8688/3603.

All radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and some surgery for sarcoma, is performed at Christie Hospital, Manchester.


Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Purple Zone Manchester Royal Infirmary

Contact Details:

Fax: 0161 276 8006


Mr Ashok Paul

Lead Clinician

(sarcoma and complex and benign tumours)

0161 276 5068

Mr Jonathan Gregory

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

(sarcoma and complex and benign tumours)

0161 276 5068

Mr Tahir Khan

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

(oncological and complex and benign tumours)

0161 276 8991
(Oncology Secretary)

Helen Murray

Orthopaedic Oncology Specialist Nurse

0161 276 6167

Professor Freemont

Consultant Pathologist

0161 275 5266

Dr Jeremy Jenkins

Consultant Radiologist

0161 276 8799


Dr Mike Leahy

Medical Oncologist

0161 446 8384 (Christie)

Dr James Wylie

Clinical Oncologist

0161 446 8323 (Christie)

Mr David Mowatt

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

0161 446 3368 (Christie)

Jan Curtis

Admissions Officer 
(Mr Khan)

0161 276 4415

Catherine Lindup

Admissions Officer 
(Mr Paul and Mr Gregory)

0161 276 4189


Oncology Secretary

0161 276 5068


Oswestry Tumour Unit

01691 404 107

Multi-disciplinary team meetings are held on Monday afternoons and on alternate Wednesdays. Patients who have been newly referred to the service are discussed at this meeting.


All urgent referrals should be faxed to the booking centre by the patient's GP, on 0161 276 8006 using the urgent referral form. As soon as the patient is referred, any scan or x-ray reports need to be sent urgently to the department.

Additional Information:

Useful links

Information about sarcomas produced by Cancerbackup

Information about sarcomas produced by Cancer Research UK

Information produced by the Christie Hospital about treatment of sarcomas

Support contacts

The authors of this site do not endorse any particular groups, and anyone looking for a support group is advised to find out more about the group, including who runs it, what it offers and what its aims are.

Sarcoma UK

PO Box 128
Tel:01584 875891
Email: info@sarcoma-uk.org
Organisation providing information and suppport to people affected by sarcoma, to reduce the feeling of isolation felt by patients with a rare cancer, and to support research which leads to better treatment and better outcomes for sarcoma patients. Also acts as a pressure group for change in the NHS.


3 Bath Place
Rivington Street
Freephone helpline 0808 800 1234
Support and information for people affected by cancer, including over 50 booklets and 134 factsheets on cancer, treatment and living with cancer
Helpline staffed by nurse specialists

Macmillan Cancer Support

89 Albert Embankment
Macmillan CancerLine freephone helpline 0808 808 2020
Textphone: 0808 808 0121
Support and information for people affected by cancer, including information on cancer support and care charities in the UK, and leaflets/booklets about different cancers and living with cancer. Also information about Macmillan services, from nursing to grants.
Link to Language Line to help callers in up to 150 languages.

Cancer Aid and Listening Line

Tel: 0845 123 23 29
Confidential helpline for people affected by cancer, run by trained volunteers with personal experience of cancer.

Manchester Sarcoma Support Group

A support group for patients and their families affected by soft tissue sarcoma.  Meetings on the 4th Tuesday of alternate months from 7 to 8.30 pm., at Manchester Royal Infirmary.  Contact Helen Murray on 0161 276 6167 for further details.

If you would like more information or have any questions about any aspect of cancer please e-mail your question by clicking here

Out-patient Service:

Tuesdayp.m. Mr Gregory
Wednesdaya.m. Mr Paul