The South East Scotland Musculoskeletal Service (SES MUSKTS) is based in Edinburgh. We provide specialist surgical treatment for Musculoskeletal tumours of bone and soft tissue. This is a tertiary referral service and accepts referrals of patients of all ages from across Scotland, in particular from Edinburgh, The Lothians, Fife and The Borders.
The Musculoskeletal Tumour Service is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team which includes 2 Consultant Orthopaedic Tumour Surgeons, fellowship trained in the management of these conditions, a Sarcoma Nurse Specialist, Orthopaedic surgical trainees and fellows as well as a dedicated administrative staff.
The service works as part of a regional team, with colleagues in plastic surgery, oncology, radiology, histopathology and rehabilitation medicine. The team meets on a weekly basis at a multi-disciplinary meeting to discuss the management of patients.
The SE Scotland Musculoskeletal Tumour Service is part of the Scottish Sarcoma Network, a Nationally Managed Clinical Network for Cancer in Scotland. The Scottish Sarcoma Network is made up from three units across Scotland, based in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The Network has a weekly online meeting to discuss cases on a National Level.
Scottish Sarcoma Network: https://www.ssn.scot.nhs.uk
The Musculoskeletal Tumour Service delivers high quality, comprehensive, holistic and timely consultant lead care from initial consultation to diagnosis, treatment, reconstruction, rehabilitation and long-term follow up. The service combines well-established, evidence-based techniques with the latest technologies to tailor investigation and treatment to each individual. Where suitable, patients are considered for enrolment in clinical trials. Treatment options include surgical tumour excision, endo-prosthetic limb reconstruction, limb salvage procedures and amputation.
Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma
There are approximately 50 new Bone sarcomas and 250 soft tissue sarcomas diagnosed each year in Scotland. They are rare diseases and the management can be complex. All patients are managed by a multi-disciplinary team and typically patients are treated with one or more of Surgery, Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy. The treatment depends on the exact tumour type.
Metastatic Bone Disease
The team advise on the management of patients with Cancer that has spread to the skeleton, operating on more complex cases where specialist techniques and skills are required.
Benign Bone and Soft Tissue Tumours
We see a number of patients with benign bone and soft tissue tumours. Many of these tumours can be managed by non-specialist surgeons however in more complex cases we offer comprehensive treatment of these conditions.
Our team is here to support patients through what can be a worrying and difficult time.
Jo Storrier, Secretary Orthopaedic Oncology Service
Ashleigh Brown, Sarcoma Nurse Specialist
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