Understanding sarcoma

If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a sarcoma such as bone cancer or soft tissue cancer - Peter Mac is here to help.

The cause of these cancers is unclear. Bone cancer can grow in any bone of the body but most do not start in the bone, they spread from other body parts such as the lung or breast. These are known as metastatic bone cancers.

Soft tissue cancers, like bone cancer, can also start in any part of the body. This cancer grows in fat, muscle, nerves, blood vessels and other soft tissues that cover or surround bone joints.

Focusing on you

Placing you at the centre of our work, your specialist will determine where your cancer started (what type of cell) and what type of cancer it is.

Bone and soft tissue cancers are different from each other and each one has different, related diseases and treatments.

Bone cancer can be either:

  • Primary bone cancer is rare and there are more than 30 different types of this cancer disease.
  • Secondary bone cancer is more common. This cancer is metastatic, which means it started in another place of the body and has travelled to the bone(s).

Find out more about Bone Cancers. 

Soft tissue cancer, which is rare, has about 50 different types of related cancer diseases.

Find out more about Soft Tissue Cancers. 

Enhancing your care

As the largest bone and soft tissue sarcoma service in Australia, we are dedicated to providing you with the most effective and responsive diagnostics, testing and treatment for bone or soft tissue cancer.

Our specialists will work with you and support you through a medical examination and other key tests such as:

  • Pathology (blood tests)
  • Imaging (scans and x-rays)
  • Biopsy


We know how hard cancer and treatment can be. Your lifestyle and that of your loved one's will be disrupted and changed. During this time, it is common to struggle with ongoing concerns about cancer and therapy. There are many expert groups available to provide more information and support you through this time, including:


At Peter Mac, we focus on all aspects of your health and wellbeing. Our sarcoma experts will help support and guide you to the best information and managed care.

Our specialist nurses can refer you to our:

Patient and carer resources

For more information about bone and soft tissue cancers, their treatment and support for patients and families, download copies of the following resources: 


Your needs come first, so we offer expert care across a number of different Sarcoma diseases including: