The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia is developing a series of protocols as an educational tool to assist pathologists in the reporting of relevant information for specific cancer specimens. The protocol for the management of soft tissue tumour resections has recently been released, and this document elaborates the relevant literature on which that protocol drew. Sarcoma is uncommon but is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, and its management is complex. Diagnostic errors are not uncommon and these can have disastrous effects on patient outcome. Sophisticated ancillary testing is often an important adjunct to diagnosis and prognostication. Referral to a specialist sarcoma unit is indicated for both adult and paediatric sarcoma.
- Multidisciplinary team
- Structured reporting